Open Social Web’s Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web

“There are already many who support the ideas laid out in this Bill of Rights” (from A Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web – Open Social Web)

Much of the sense of this Bill of Rights seems directly related to – is almost a subset of – the Principles of Attention as defined by the founders of the AttentionTrust. Not surprising, then, that some of AttentionTrust’s Board of Directors are on the supporters list.

I like the fact that this Bill of Rights defines specific actions to be taken by site who support it; makes it both meaningful and verifiable that a site actually supports the BoR, as opposed to simply saying that they do. I wonder, though, how this will effect the Principles of Attention – does having some of the principles restated here, as a separate effort, somehow dilute the Principles themselves? Time will tell, I suppose.

And, for what it’s worth, I support these rights.

[full disclosure - I work on the staff of the AttentionTrust]