Alternative Routes to Protecting Human Rights on the Internet

4 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet and Human Rights


Enforcing the correct level of human rights protection is very often a matter of jurisdictional reach. In the cyberspace, there could be two obvious alternatives to create a separate jurisdictional space: the technological option and the legal option.

Over a year before German Chancellor Merkel travelled to France in February 2014 to speak with French President Hollande about creating the foundations of a “protected” EU Internet, the EU-funded MAPPING project had already spelt out its plan of researching if “parallel universes” in cyberspace could be a solution for promoting human rights. This objective of creating spaces within cyberspace where European values on privacy and other human rights may be applied could conceivably be created by technological or legal means.

In its first stakeholder assembly (Rome 20-21 May 2014) MAPPING will be dedicating a session to “On-line mass surveillance, security and privacy: is an international treaty the only way forward?” including a discussion of the recent ECJ decision declaring “invalid” the EU Data Retention Directive.

In the IGF, the MAPPING consortium aims to take this debate even further with as many Internet governance stakeholders as possible - from Europe and beyond. How can we have human rights embedded in the current Internet structure? Are there technological or legal solutions to this issue? Would a “Schengen cloud” human rights Internet, as suggested by French and German leaders, be the solution? How would others see such a possible space?"

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Mr. Bogdan Manolea
Civil Society
ApTI (Association for Technology and Internet)

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

# parallel universes, # international treaty, #privacy, #intellectual property rights, # MAPPING project

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Name: MS. Nevena Ruzic
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental
Organization: Vice-Chair Bureau to the Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe Convention 108
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y

Name: Mr. Bogdan Manolea
Stakeholder group: Civil Society
Organization: ApTI (Association for Technology and Internet)
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y

Name: Mr Christian Hawellek
Stakeholder group: Academic
Organization: Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y

Name: Dr. Oleksandr Pastukhov
Stakeholder group: Academic
Organization: University of Malta
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y

Name: Dr. Meryem Marzouki
Stakeholder group: Civil Society/Academic
Organization: CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique /National Center for Scientific Research, France)
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y
Do you need help in recruiting speakers from certain stakeholder groups? N

Name: Dr. Alfonso Alfonsi
Stakeholder group: Civil Society
Organization: Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza/Laboratory of Citizenship Sciences, Italy
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y

Name: Mr. Patrick Curry
Stakeholder group: Business
Organization: British Business Federation Authority
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? y

Name of Moderator(s)

Prof. Joe Cannataci

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Dr Bo Zhao

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The discussion will be stimulated by the distribution of a three-page discussion note which would comprise of a number of quotation representing different and at times opposing views from the participants in the on-going debate about the utility or futility of a new international treaty. A special thread for this Round Table will also be created on the MAPPING Project web-site and the MAPPING policy observatory. More than 300 invitees to the MAPPING stakeholder meeting in Rome (20-21 May, 2014) will also be invited to contribute their five key pros and cons for the Treaty. The moderator/s will synthesize these arguments in advance and integrate some of these into the discussion note and others into prepared questions for the Round Table participants. The preparation of these documents will be an on-going process and should be continuously updated so as to reflect the on-going international debate about the subject.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The format followed will also include a Germany hub and a France hub where a number of Internet Governance, privacy and data protection specialists will follow the Round Table and propose a number of key points to the local rapporteurs. The Germany rapporteur and the France rapporteur will then remotely intervene in the Round Table and convey a synthesis of the viewpoint of the hubs’ discussion.

Background paper

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