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Chamber and committees

Digital Rights

  • Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 17 March 2014
  • Motion reference: S4M-09362
  • Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes the 25th anniversary of the invention of the world wide web and the beginning of a year of action by the World Wide Web Foundation's Web We Want campaign; welcomes the call from the web's inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, for legal protection of citizens' digital rights; notes that this has been described as a call for a "Magna Carta for the internet"; considers that an urgent need exists for clear limits on the mass surveillance of private citizens and on other government and corporate use of data and metadata; believes that the internet and the world wide web offer extraordinary possibilities for free speech, access to knowledge and citizen empowerment; is concerned however that these great benefits are under threat in the absence of respect for citizens' rights to privacy, open standards and online civic space that is free of corporate control; recognises the Scottish Government's work to date in establishing principles for identity management and privacy, and supports the goal of legal protection for digital rights and a free and open internet.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Nigel Don, Linda Fabiani, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Alison Johnstone, Richard Lyle, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Alison McInnes, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Dennis Robertson, Jean Urquhart, Sandra White