What we once were hoping for from Cyberspace ...
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
Governments of the Industrial World ... On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.
... I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.
... We did not invite you. ... Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.
You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions. ...
We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.
We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.
Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are based on matter, There is no matter here. ...
We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
John Barlow: Declaration of Independence,
Davos, Switzerland, February 8, 1996
This is -- for all intents and purposes -- a graphic demonstration of a recent American presidential election. Black points for Bush, white for Gore. Just in case, perhaps there should be a recount.
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