Have your say on a "Digital Bill of Rights"

Together is inviting contributions from supporters on what could go into a ‘Digital Bill of Rights.’

A ‘Bill of Rights’ is a list of the most important rights of the citizens of a country.

If we were to create a new ‘Digital Bill of Rights,’ relating to rights around use of the internet, digital currencies, ‘the internet of things’, privacy, our data and ability to exercise free speech, what should be on the list?

Note: this may include the right NOT to use the internet/digital solutions for some things!

Why is Together doing this?

Ever-growing encroachments on our personal freedoms are concerning to most who are paying attention.

Left unchecked, it’s not hard to imagine a nightmarish future society, facilitated by increasingly powerful technology. Creating and campaigning for a ‘Digital Bill of Rights’ for the UK is one potential way we can protect the freedom and rights of UK citizens, together.

We launched Together when the threat of Vaccine Passports became a reality after Boris Johnson announced on ‘Freedom Day’ that they would be necessary to gain access to certain venues.

While we resolutely saw them off and prevented the UK becoming a ‘show me your papers’ society, Digital ID is increasingly being used across the UK.

The government insists Digital ID will be voluntary but there are significant concerns around privacy, surveillance and autonomy.

Increasingly, retailers and no longer accepting cash and ATM machines are in steep decline. President Biden recently announced that a ‘digital dollar’ is forthcoming and Rishi Sunak excitedly promotes a future of Central Bank Digital Currency here in the UK.

Recently, Paypal shut down several accounts including the Free Speech Union and froze access to funds. Other platforms and financial institutions have done similar, including JP Morgan Chase and Youtube, raising significant concerns about freedom of speech and the ability to financially transact. Local Authorities have also favoured fines for a whole array of areas in recent years. Would Digital ID encourage even more of this?

With high inflation and a cost of living/lockdown crisis, is Digital ID a ‘convenience’ tool or does it risk opening the floodgates to programmable money where every single transaction you make is recorded and you aren’t even able to spend your money in certain ways?

Germany has moved to evaluate any bank transaction over 100 euros in the name of ‘challenging terrorism’. Meanwhile, Oxford Council is planning a ‘fifteen minute city’ where breaching boundaries would result in a fine.