We are building REACH to make the world more open and transparent, which we believe will create greater understanding and connection. REACH promotes openness and transparency by giving individuals greater power to share and connect, and certain principles guide REACH 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 REACH Service.
1. Freedom to Share and Connect
People should have the freedom to share whatever information they want regarding relevant subject, 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 REACH Service. People should have the freedom to decide with whom they will share their information, those controls, however, are not capable of limiting how those who have received information may use it, particularly outside the REACH Service.
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, advertiser, developer, organization, or other entity - should have representation and access to distribution and information within the REACH 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 REACH 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 REACH Service removed for reasons other than those described in REACH'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 REACH for free to establish a presence, connect with others, and share information with them. Every Person should be able to use the REACH Service regardless of his or her level of participation or contribution.
8. Common Welfare
The rights and responsibilities of REACH 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
REACH should publicly make available information about its purpose, plans, policies, and operations. REACH should have a process of notice and comment to provide transparency and encourage input on amendments to these Principles or to the Rights and Responsibilities.
10. One World
The REACH Service should transcend geographic and national boundaries and be available to everyone in the world.