Global Voices Draft Manifesto

Joi puts out the locale of the The Global Voices Draft Manifesto. This is a document about free speech created by Global Voices. This document resides here for now on a Wiki, but will be moved shortly as Joi points out. Here is the current draft:

We believe in free speech, both in protecting the right to speak and in making access to the tools of speech universal. We define speech broadly to include many media that facilitate expression.
The broadest right of free speech has always extended to those who owned technology for publishing and distribution, such as a printing press. It is now possible for anyone to own their own press. It is our ideal that everyone who wants to speak can do so.
We believe in the power of direct connection and the freedom to connect to and hear others. The bond between individuals from different worlds is personal, political and powerful.
We seek to create bridges that cross gulfs that have traditionally divided people. By bridging these gulfs, we understand each other more fully, work together more effectively, and act more powerfully. These bridges let us do together what we could not dream of doing alone. It is our ideal that everyone who wants to hear what someone else is saying can do so.
Direct connection is its own reward. However, in a world full of challenges, it is also an important part of a future that is free, fair, prosperous and sustainable.
While committed to our work as individuals, we also recognize our common interest and goals. We each speak for ourselves, but in the end we are all in this together. We pledge to respect, assist, learn from, and listen to one other. We are Global Voices.