Privacy Manifesto


Privacy is a much bigger issue in the digital world than in the natural one.
That's because, as digital beings, we are constantly stalked. Tracking beacons, placed by others in our digital devices (which function as extensions of our selves)target us with what its purveyors call "relevant" or "interest based" advertising, most of which is neither, and we never invited. Another is to re-engineer into dependents of machines. Both are morally wrong and out of our control as individuals.
Lack of means for projecting and protecting our privacy online is the biggest bug in the heart of digital life today. Our highest calling as technologists today is to fix that bug, and to join others doing the same.
Here at London Trust Media, we started debugging personal privacy online with Private Internet Access, which we strive to make the world's most trusted VPN, and to keep that way. We also make protecting personal privacy a central concern for all our properties.
We see that work as necessary but far from sufficient. What personal privacy needs is a movement — of mamy developers, of many kinds, in many places, all working toward giving individual human beings means of their own to protect and project their privacy in the digital world, and to do that at scale.
We also need to explain why it's not enough to ask privacy violators to back off on their own, or for laws to make them do that.
That's why we're publishing this manifesto.


Calls to Action

As with all free and open source code, every word in this manifesto is provisional and subject to improvement. So we welcome and invite help with that. To get started, we are using Coral, an open source commenting platform. There, we will be listing other efforts that are working toward equipping individuals with tools for creating privacy for themselves in the networked world.
Doc Searls, editor-in-chief, Linux Journal, (a London Trust Media family member).