Statement of Principles
In consequence of discussions in Usenet the "Association for Internet Users Austria" was founded at the beginning of 1999 to safeguard users' interests against authorities, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other organisations.
- for cooperation with authorities, pressure groups, industry, commerce and private persons to promote free and intensive use of the Internet
- for promotion of spreading and use of encryption systems and electronic signatures for protection of privacy and for security of private and business oriented exchange of information without any obligations to deposit keys and against restrictions on encryption systems.
- for legal provision against net abuse (e.g. unsolicited bulk email and unsolicited commercial email).
- for protection of privacy. Email and any other way of private communication using the Internet shall be treated as confidential and be legally protected as letters or phone calls already are today.
- for free exchange of views and freedom of speech on the Internet and for protection of this freedom at least as conventional media (newspapers, radio) is protected today.
- for legal provisions which limit intervention in freedom of speach and privacy to independent courts only.
- for the forceful claim that the free expression of opinions must not be restricted by indirect means such as excessively restrictive governmental or private controls over computer hardware or software, telecommunications infrastructure, or other essential components of the Internet.
- for lawful regulations which distinguish between the liability of content providers and the liability of data carriers regarding the contents which they provide.
- for recognition of the Internet as a medium and additional legal provisions where existing provisions are not sufficient to consider peculiarities of the Internet.
VIBE!AT wants to achieve these objectives through information of the public and international exchange of views.
Questions/Comments to: email@example.com
last update: Saturday, 25-Mar-2006 12:12:21 CET