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The Declaration of Internet Freedom Wants Your Feedback

Six months after the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was shelved, a new petition strongly advocating “a free and open Internet” is making the rounds online.

The Declaration of Internet Freedom was released Monday and is a reminder that those who opposed SOPA and its sister bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), have not forgotten about these laws and in fact, are more than willing to fight against them.

The petition’s preamble reads:

We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation and more open societies.

Spearheaded by FreePress.net, the petition is not only open to feedback, but is actively seeking it. The declaration is listed on platforms such as reddit, Techdirt, Cheezburger and Github, where you can “interact” with the text and make your opinions and alterations known. Read more

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Design the Next ‘Mind-blowing News App’

In just a few days, the third and final challenge in the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership will begin. The question calls for ideas that would develop a news app, using HTML5, to create a whole new user experience and work on multiple platforms. (Here’s the full challenge description.)

The Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership, known as MoJo for short, was announced in February and is a three-year collaboration between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation. The goal of the partnership is for MoJo to find 15 news technology fellows to embed in leading news organizations like Boston.com and Al Jazeera. The fellows will be chosen by submitting ideas to the challenges. Read more