Exporting the Internet: Human Rights and Technology / Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet - EUI, IRP & Hivos

29 September 2011 - A Workshop on Security in Nairobi, Kenya


The proposed workshop will bring together stakeholders from academia, civil society, government and private sector representatives to discuss how internet technology is exported and how this affects human rights. While it has become common knowledge that surveillance and censorship technologies are often exported, the extent to which this is taking place has only recently become apparent with public reports on censorship and surveillance technologies by NokiaSiemens being used in Iran, by Ericsson in Belarus, by SmartFilter in Tunisia and by Narus in Egypt all suggesting substantial human rights implications.

In response to these concerns the Global Network Initiative in the U.S. has taken the lead in providing a self-regulatory framework to respond to these concerns. In Europe the European Parliament and several European governments have expressed a desire to regulate these technologies. This workshop will discuss both what we know about the export of internet technology and how this impacts human rights. It will include presentations on the extent and scope of technology transfer, the ethical dimensions of technology export, possible (self-)regulatory responses and remedies within existing human rights frameworks.

Workshop Agenda

1. Introductory Round for Panelists

2. Multistakeholder positions Human Rights and Technology
a. Allon Bar, independent consultant, IRP Coalition
b. Lionel Veer, Dutch Ambassador for Human Rights
c. Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation (remote)
d. Martin Fleischer, German Foreign Ministry
e. Monique Doppert, Hivos

3. Brief Interventions from the Audience

4. Developing appropriate policy responses
a. Marietje Schaake, European Parliament (remote)
b. Ben Wagner, European University Institute
c. Moez Chakchouk, Agence Tunisienne d'Internet
d. Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation (remote)
e. Dr. Elif Küzeci, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey
f. Luca Belli, Better ICT Society

5. Opening the debate: discussing solutions on how to move forward on human rights aspects of technology export

6. Wrap up and conclusion