Defending the Commons

The Internet is a collection of resources contributed by all sorts of people and groups throughout the world, and generally made available to the public. It has no orientation, no source and no centre. It represents nothing but the sum of individual voice and opinion, and in that it represents the public.

We must be wary about surrendering our rights to control these resources to private or commercial interests. Any rights we give up are unlikely to be returned. A publicly owned index of the public Internet is in the interest of the public. There is a public responsibility to develop, protect, and maintain public resources.