Legislators aren't the only ones who can whip together demands for digital equality. A couple of weeks ago, a pair of legislators that were instrumental in stopping SOPA and PIPA released a " Digital Bill of Rights ," looking for feedback from you and me. Today, several of the organizations that spearheaded the SOPA/PIPA opposition -- including the EFF, Access Now and Free Press -- launched a "Declaration of Internet Freedom" of their own, and they're looking for both signatures and feedback for the petition.
If SOPA and PIPA showed us anything, it's that the Internet will be regulated, and we're in danger of being bled to death by a thousand over-reaching cuts if an overarching credo doesn't protect user rights online.
Are broad, vague declarations like this (or the legislators' Digital Rights bill) the way to go, or would tighter language be better? Will these measures amount to anything in any case? A large part of the anti-SOPA movement's success was its widespread support, and this is the second similar "Bill of Rights"-type thing we've seen in a week from different digital rights supporters. Will a splintered front neutralize the message?