Promoting Platform Responsibility for Content Management

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


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet and Human Rights


Digital technologies and the Internet offer tremendous opportunities for the creation and distribution of content, enabling users to express themselves and reach their audiences in unprecedented ways. At the same time, the advancement of digital technologies relating to identification and rights management has brought to the market increasingly efficient and affordable solutions to deal with potentially illegal material.

However, due to the complexity of the contextual assessments required to determine the legality of such material, these solutions are far from perfect. For this reason, it is crucial that technical solutions be deployed in conjunction with safeguards preventing their abuse, and ensuring the respect of due process, privacy and freedom of expression of the parties involved.

Increasingly, these safeguards depend on the terms and conditions adopted by online platforms, and the procedures through which they operate. Therefore, it seems appropriate to shift the discussion on intermediary liability to a focus on “responsibility”, in order to promote human rights-compliant procedures to content management.

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of stakeholders to discuss the problems associated with content removal in two distinct scenarios: copyright infringement and offensive (including indecent and defamatory) content.

While each of these scenarios presents peculiarities that may call for different approaches, they share in the need to provide a quick and effective remedy for potential victims without unduly restricting human rights. Ultimately, the workshop aims to identify best practices that Internet platforms can adopt to that end.

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

Joy Liddicoat, Civil Society, Association for Progressive Communications

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


The link to the workshop report

IGF 2013, Bali - Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress (main organiser) - Internet universal affordable access: Are we there yet? (main organiser) - Developing and effectively using Multistakeholder Principles (co-organised with Government of Brazil & ICC BASIS & ISOC) - Digital rights protection in Latin America and Europe (co-organised witth Council of Europe, ADC and Derechos Digitales - report is not available online) IGF 2012, Azerbaijan - Human Rights, Internet Policy and the Public Policy Role of ICANN - Internet and human rights: shared values for sound policies IGF 2011, Nairobi - Open spectrum for development in the context of the digital migration - Human rights: a unifying approach for development, freedom, access and diversity? - Do policymakers understand the role of libraries in mobilising the internet as a catalyst for development, innovation and freedom? - Women and internet governance IGF 2010, Vilnius - Sexual rights, openness and regulatory systems - Applying a code of good practice on information, participation and transparency in Internet governance

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Digital copyright, #freedom of expression, #privacy, #offensive speech, #due process

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

- Marco Pancini, Private Sector, Google
- Konstantinos Komaitis, Intergovernmental Organization, ISOC
- Michele Woods, Intergovernmental organization, WIPO
- Janine Moolman, Civil Society, APC Women’s Rights Programme
- Nicolas Suzor, Academic, Queensland University of Technology
- Robin Gross, Civil Society, IP Justice

Name of Moderator(s)

Nicolo Zingales, Tilburg Law and Economics Center; Joy Liddicoat, Civil Society, APC

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Luca Belli, CERSA, Paris II (PRES Sorbonne University)

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

The objective of this workshop is to identify key problems, trends and improvements in the current practices of management of online content. Participation of the audience is highly encouraged, and constitutes integral part of the program.
The session will start with a brief introduction by the moderator to set the stage, followed by quick presentations (5 minutes) from panelists and 45 minutes of discussion, including a time for Q&A. The presentations are meant to provide a snapshot of the position of the panelists and to allow everyone in the room to capture the main issues at stake, following which the floor will be open for comments and interaction among the panelists, and subsequently from the floor. A set of key questions will also be prepared to guide the discussion.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

There will be no remote panelists but we will leave time for remote interventions.

Background paper

No background paper provided

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