6.2: A Constitution for the Internet

In addition to the federal constitution, every U.S. state and territory has its own constitution that serves as its governing document. Massachusetts has the oldest state constitution (1780); Rhode Island is the newest (revised in 1986). Adopted by the people, a constitution is the supreme law that defines the rights of individuals and the powers of the government. You can read the constitutions of every state and territory here.

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The Internet has no constitution and the laws about its use and rights of people using it are still being debated and defined, country by country, state by state.

In these activities, you have the opportunity to create a constitution and bill of rights for the Internet.

Activity 1: Envision a Bill of Rights for the Internet

Activity 2: Design a Constitution for the Internet

Designing for Learning: Student-Created Activity Example

A Constitution for the Internet by Joseph Shink

Activity 3: Evaluate Whether the Internet Needs a Constitution

Additional Resources

Connecting to the eBook

Building Democracy for All: Powers and Restrictions on Powers of the Government

Connecting to the Standards