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View Cyborg Bill of Rights

From Chris Hables Gray (2001) Cyborg Citizen: Politics in the Posthuman Age. New York: Routledge.

1. Freedom of Travel. Citizens shall have the right to travel anywhere, virtually or in the flesh, at their own risk and expense.

2. Freedom of Electronic Speech. Electronic and other nonphysical forms of transmitting information are protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment.

3. The Right of Electronic Privacy. Electronic and other forms of nonmaterial property and personhood shall be accorded the protection of the Fourth Amendment.

4. Freedom of consciousness. The consciousness of the citizen shall be protected by the First, Fourth, and Eighth Amendments. Unreasonable search and seizure of this, the most sacred and private part of an individual citizen, is absolutely prohibited. Individuals shall retain all rights to modify their consciousness through psychopharmological, medical, genetic, spiritual, and other practices, insofar as they do not threaten the fundamental rights of other individuals and citizens, and that they do so at their own risk and expense.

5. Right to Life. The body of the citizen shall be protected by the First, Fourth, and Eighth Amendments. Unreasonable search and seizure of this sacred and private part of an individual citizen shall be absolutely prohibited. Individuals shall retain all rights to modify their bodies, at their own risk and expense, through psychopharmological, medical, genetic, spiritual, and other practices, insofar as they do not threaten the fundamental rights of other individuals and citizens, and that they do so at their own risk and expense.

6. Right to Death. Every citizen and individual shall have the right to end their life, at their own risk and expense, in the manner of their own choice, as long as it does not infringe upon the fundamental rights of citizens and individuals.

7. Right to Political Equality. The political power of every citizen should be determined by the quality of his of her arguments, example, energy, and single vote, not based on his or her economic holdings or social standing. Congress shall permit no electoral system that favors wealth, coercion, or criminal behavior to the detriment of political equality.

8. Freedom of Information. Citizens shall have access to all information held about them by governments or other bureaucracies. Citizens shall have the right to correct all information held on them by governments and other bureaucracies at the expense of these bureaucracies. Institutional and corporate use of information to coerce or otherwise illegally manipulate or act upon citizens shall be absolutely forbidden.

9. Freedom of Family, Sexuality, and Gender. Citizens and individuals have the right to determine their own sexual and gender orientations, at their own risk and expense, including matrimonial and other forms of alliance. Congress shall make no law arbitrarily restricting the definition of the family, marriage, or of parenthood.

10. Right to Peace. Citizens and individuals have a right to freedom from war and violence. War shall be a last resort and must be declared by two thirds vote of Congress when proposed by the president. The Third Amendment shall not be construed as permitting citizens and individuals to own all types of weapons. Freedom from governmental tyranny will not be safeguard through local militia or individual violence. Only solidarity, tolerance, sacrifice, and an equitable political system will guarantee freedom. Nonetheless, citizens and individuals shall have the right to defend themselves with deadly force, at their own risk and expense, if their fundamental rights are being abridged.

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