A number of forward-thinking journalists in Germany have issued a manifesto. I am reproducing an abbreviated version. The original version (in German) is available at internet-manifest.de.
- The internet is different.
- The internet is a pocket-sized media empire.
- The internet is society is the internet.
- Internet freedom is inalienable.
- The internet is the triumph of information.
- The internet is changing improving journalism.
- The network requires networking.
- Links bring value, quotes are a form of recognition.
- The internet is the new home for political discussion.
- The new freedom of the press is freedom of opinion.
- More is more – there’s no such thing as too much information.
- Tradition is not a business model.
- On the internet, copyright becomes a civic duty.
- The internet has many currencies
- What’s in the network stays in the network.
- Quality is the most important quality
- All for all.
Translation by Jeff Jarvis with some minor edits by me. Amendments welcome.
- Denis Pelli was kind enough to point out that it should be civic duty (not civil)
- Tim Schlüter tweeted that the more appropriate gloss for ‘Gesellschaft’ in 3 is ‘society’ (not business).
- Jenna L. Brinning, a professional translator, has posted a proper English version of the original manifest.
- One of the authors, Janko Roettgers, says the manifesto was written in response to the Hamburg manifesto.
- Additional declarations have also been suggested by David Goldenberg
18. A viable Internet depends on media literacy and critical thinking.
19. Anonymity is the enemy of the Internet.