Franklin MarianneOrganizer Entity
IRP CoalitionWorkshop Theme
Human Rights / Freedom of Expression on the InternetConsise description
This round table session explores the opportunities and challenges for upholding human rights standards on the internet using the IRP Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet (http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/charter/). In tandem with the session on Disabilities and Indigenous rights this session aims to: · Address a number of human rights – moving beyond freedom of expression and privacy - to consider the IRP Charter provisions for socio-economic rights, education, women’s rights and rights of the visually impaired in the online environment. · Provide an assessment of the implementation of human rights standards on the internet o date. · Feed recommendations in to the IRP Coalition initiative to create a final version of the IRP Charter (in terms of substance, process, and uses of the document in practice) The session will start by focusing on a selection of concrete examples (such as, the PRISM revelations, the Marrakesh Treaty on exceptions and limitations to copyright for the blind, racial discrimination, education rights online) before opening to a wider discussion. It brings together diverse perspectives on the relationship between human rights and internet policy, where the human rights movement needs to engage more or more effectively, and how the IRP Charter should be developed to assist this process. The outcomes of the workshop will feed into the IRP Coalition Meeting, ‘Towards the IRP Charter 2.0’.Moderator
Dixie Hawtin, Global Partners and AssociatesRemote Moderator
Rebecca Zausmer, Global Partners and AssociatesHave you organized workshops at previous IGFs?
This round table session explored the opportunities and challenges for upholding human rights standards on the internet using the IRP Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet (http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/charter/). In tandem with the session on Disabilities and Indigenous rights this session aims to:
Main points of Discussion from each Speaker:
Dixie Hawtin (Global Partners, former co-Chair IRP Coalition): Overview of genesis and writing of the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet as presented in the booklet form at Bali IGF.
Pranesh Prakash (CIS, India) - Disabilities Rights and Issues: What is still lacking is
1) More thorough monitoring of whether, and if so how existing guidelines for ensuring full internet access for people with disabilities, are being met.
2) Using F/OSS and open standards platform as primary form of affordable internet access and content.
3) Notes that have to connect high level principles, and progress made there (e.g. the WIPO Marrakech Treaty) to on the ground needs and make them operable.
Joy Liddicoat (APC): Ways of using the IRP Charter highlights how recent women’s rights are in the UN context. Things evolving all the time, new standards emerging, to which the Charter needs to keep speaking and responding to as new forms of technology are also creating new forms of violence. Here the IRP Charter can facilitate and enable more diverse human rights organizations to come into internet discussions e.g. its provision around right to international order is one that can link into other rights based movement
Michael Nelson (Microsoft): Focus was practical question of how companies respond to Charters and Human Rights principles in light of how MS is promoting Human Rights in its company policies and software R&D around the world. Microsoft is taking concrete steps to comply with UN rights, and ILO Rights and Fundamental Principles at Work.
Carl Frederik Wettermark (Swedish Government): Provided practical suggestions for how documents like the Charter matter for governments:
1) internet governance is a complex and difficult terrain so templates such as the Charter offer an entry point to grasping this complexity.
2) Concrete outputs such as the Charter play very important role in setting things in motion as governments respond to incoming ideas and documentation as opposed to having time to generate them. A single document that can focus is here constructive.
3) More targeted outreach can also start bridging the disconnect between domestic and foreign policy making also only starting to be bridged, nexus where internet policy making operates.
4) Commended IRP Coalition on the work and is just starting to be circulated as government officials exchange these inputs for their work.
Marianne Franklin (Goldsmiths/IRP Coalition): Focusing on
1) the classroom and how the IRP Charter can educate at all levels, high school and university in particular as digital generation become aware that online they have rights too.
2) On how the Charter sections on Right to Education, Knowledge and Cultural Diversity need also to take account of access and affordability issues that are not immediately apparent as cash-strapped universities sign up to commercial internet service provisions.
3) Specific sections of the IRP Charter, e.g. Rights of Children, Women’s Rights have already been effective for outreach, as have the Ten Principles. Still work to do in fleshing out individual sections in response to changing context in which schools and universities go online for teaching and learning; virtual learning environments now the main platform for accessing and acquiring new knowledge.
Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments
A general discussion followed on how the IRP Charter has already been working, and put into practice as well as feedback on the Charter itself: Points covered included:
- more targeted outreach to consolidate success of the release of Version 1.1
- Integrate Charter into process of the Universal Periodic Review
- move forward with generating feedback about the Charter with a view to producing a next version to respond to developments and address some lacunae in the text
- move forward in promoting the Charter to organizations at ground level who need to have template for linking human rights with internet governance as internet access, design, and use become integral to human rights activism, and the latter become a focus online.
Marianne FranklinEstimate the overall number of women participants present at the session
About half of the participants were womenTo what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?
Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment
It was one of the main themes of the session
It was raised by one or more of the speakers as an important aspect of the session's theme
These were covered as highlighted in the Charter; those areas needing attention were also noted.
More than 60 people attended based on a rough head count
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