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A Bill of Digital Rights must affirm and protect existing civil rights

(freedoms, not entitlements) in the context of digital technologies

while anticipating civil rights issues in the future.

  • All existing rights shall not be limited by the implementation of digital technologies.

  • Right to opt out of digital systems, including Digital Identity and Digital Currencies.  No reward for adopting digital systems and no penalty for using analog/physical systems. 

  • Cash and check (physical systems) remain regularly viable for all private, commercial/retail, and government financial transactions.  

  • Right to privacy, anonymity, and data protection.  Default opt-out of data sharing.  No data sharing between private/corporate and government entities without due process of law.

  • Right to freedom of movement, travel, and assembly.  Access to private, commercial, and public transportation shall not be limited without due process of law.  No domestic travel passports. 

  • Freedom of speech and expression is paramount.  Restrictions shall only be based on existing Constitutional limits.  

  • Content of any/all speech and expression shall not be used to limit any individual’s access to any services/products otherwise available without due process of law (i.e., no social credit score).

  • Interface with Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not mandatory; access to human alternates shall remain available for all commercial/retail and government interactions.

  • Access to digital systems is broadly available to the public and shall not be limited without due process of law.

  • No algorithmic discrimination or promotion based on protected classes.  All algorithms shall remain neutral toward individual citizens.  

  • Protection of minors from inappropriate content shall, in all cases and at all times, remain of paramount importance.  All persons/entities who can affect such content shall exercise the utmost diligence in all applicable endeavors. 

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