OpinionFirst Principles

We are building OpinionFirst to make the world more democratic, which we believe will create a better quality of life and societies in which every individual has value. OpinionFirst promotes voting and transparency by giving individuals greater power to share proposals to convince many people and so attract many voters, and certain principles guide OpinionFirst in pursuing these goals. Achieving these principles should be constrained only by limitations of law, technology, and evolving social norms. We therefore establish these Principles as the foundation of the rights and responsibilities of those within the OpinionFirst Service.

①  Freedom to Share and Connect

People should have the freedom to share whatever information they want, in any medium and any format, and have the right to connect online with anyone - any person, organization or service - as long as they both consent to the connection.

②  Ownership and Control of Information

People should own their information. They should have the freedom to share it with anyone they want and take it with them anywhere they want, including removing it from the OpinionFirst Service. Information is shared with everyone, or not published at all. 

③  Free Flow of Information

People should have the freedom to access all of the information made available to them by others. People should also have practical tools that make it easy, quick, and efficient to share and access this information.

④  Fundamental Equality

Every Person - whether individual, developer, organization, or other entity - should have representation and access to distribution and information within the OpinionFirst Service, regardless of the Person's primary activity. There should be a single set of principles, rights, and responsibilities that should apply to all People using the OpinionFirst Service.

⑤  Social Value

People should have the freedom to build trust and reputation through their identity and connections, and should not have their presence on the OpinionFirst Service removed for reasons other than those described in OpinionFirst’ s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

⑥  Open Platforms and Standards

People should have programmatic interfaces for sharing and accessing the information available to them. The specifications for these interfaces should be published and made available and accessible to everyone.

⑦  Fundamental Service

People should be able to use OpinionFirst for free to establish a presence, connect with others, and share information with them. Every Person should be able to use the OpinionFirst Service regardless of his or her level of participation or contribution.

⑧  Common Welfare

The rights and responsibilities of OpinionFirst and the People that use it should be described in a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which should not be inconsistent with these Principles.

⑨  Transparent Process

OpinionFirst should publicly make available information about its purpose, plans, policies, and operations. OpinionFirst should have a town hall process of notice and comment and a system of voting to encourage input and discourse on amendments to these Principles or to the Rights and Responsibilities.

⑩  One World

The OpinionFirst Service should transcend geographic and national boundaries and be available to everyone in the world.