March 16, 2005

An Experiment in Democracy

We the Bloggers, in order to form a more perfect Blogosphere, hold these truths to be self-evident: Free Thought and Free Speech are the cornerstones of Free Societies and Free People; The tools and medium utilized to organize and express freethinking in the Blogosphere must be supported, advanced and defended; The misuse, as well as organized oppression, of the tools and medium should be recognized, monitored and thwarted; Understanding that the collective voice gains access, an influential voice for the Blogosphere to governments and the public in general should be democratic, and that all elected and appointed members of this democracy will operate with full transparency and 100% nonprofit methodology; The positive advancement of the Blogosphere in the public square and main stream media is a worthy effort to further universal growth and support of Blogs, Bloggers and Blogging and consequently Free Thought, Free Speech, and Free People.

The Blogosphere Congress:
Four Members of Congress will be elected from each of the following six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America, and by their respective Blogger population. As well, two Members will be elected for each segment of the Blogosphere (Tech, Political, Business, Personal Journal, Law, etc.) which have specific needs and functions; these segments will be determined by the first Blogosphere Foundation Executive Board and amended by future Boards. The Congress Members will be responsible for fairly representing their Blogger constituents' concerns and those of the overall Blogosphere as they pertain to legal rights, privilege, access to news, and other issues as determined by the agreed upon bylaws. The Blogosphere Constitution, length of terms, bylaws, and protocols to be enacted by the first Foundation Executive Board, ratified by an elected Congress, and amended by future Boards and Members of Congress. With six continents and approx. 12 segments, there will be approx. 48 Members of Congress. Now for those who think fair voting procedures cannot be achieved, I will remind you that this is the Internet where all things are possible. Frankly, I can think of a half dozen functional voting methods with all levels of involvement from tech companies, databases, and systems to disseminate and calculate information, but this is an area that the Foundation Board should agree on.

March 12, 2005