A right to connect, or freedom to connect, signals that we need permission -- rights only operate against someone who has the ability to say no. Freedom of speech, all of that -- all operates against the government. A digital bill of rights assumes that someone has the power to cut those rights off.Many of the people at the conference had problems with what she said; I agree that we need at least antitrust law, but I also believe government has a positive role (among other things) in preventing data control by the cable/phone giants.
We're here to affirm that we don't need permission. We are more threatened by ourselves and our willingness to look to government for permission than by anything else.
Her essay shows powerful thinking, and is worth much consideration.