Date: October 20, 2008
Subject: The Golden Rule
Drug policy reform advocacy has flourished in Cyberspace. Until the advent of the Internet, those interested in this topic lacked an inexpensive means to communicate and strategize with one another. Over the last decade, the online revolution - especially the growing availability of broadband - has given reformers the ability to quickly, easily, and inexpensively speak to one another, view Webpages, send text messages, and of course, exchange e-mail about drug policy in real time.
Almost all reform advocates know and understand the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have others do unto you. This ancient phrase encapsulates the best of humanity and serves as the basis for human rights. Most people agree with the importance of treating colleagues and even the opposition with the utmost kindness and respect. The term "Netiquette" is the Golden Rule as applied to Cyberspace.
As a leader in Web activism and drug policy reform, DrugSense understands the dynamics behind online communication. We have grown with the Internet to now manage over 120 client Websites and oversee 180+ e-mail discussion lists, all with very few problems. Like many cyberspace organizations, DrugSense clarifies our support for netiquette through a document known as an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), knowing that netiquette goes a long way toward facilitating proactive and productive inter-group and inter-movement communications.
DrugSense's AUP can be found at www.drugsense.org/aup.htm. This updated document spells out our general policy, mailing list guidelines, and prohibited activities, as well as procedures to report violations.
Remember, promoting a culture of ethical and lawful behavior, openness, trust, and integrity is key to credibly presenting our message to policy makers and the media. It is in the universal adoption of the Golden Rule that reform stands the best chance of ending the War on Drugs.
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