[IRP] IRP Kick off : Review of Mission Satatement 2009
Wed Apr 8 09:59:42 EEST 2009
At our last IRP conference call on March 19 we discussed the need
to reexamine our existing mission statement with the intent of making
it more reflective of our goals and objectives .
Why have a Mission Review
In light of our recent coalition it was suggested that we review
our mission statement with the purpose of including elements that may
be more representative of our new coalition .See below .
this respect we suggested a period of 3 weeks for suggestions for
changes to be sent in and then have another 3 weeks for amendments etc.
Comments open till May 5.2009
Amendments and review May 30,2009
Kick off :
am starting off the the discussion by inviting all of you to preview
our mission statement as set below and then ask all of you to offer
suggestions in the form of new elements to be included or elimination
of existing content . Please etc
Direction of comments and suggestions
* Address comments directly to me or to the whole list which ever is preferable to you .
* Please label subject as "comments on mission statement 2009 ".
* Please help me get this started and send in your comments however brief or extensive .
* Please email me a line even if you feel no changes are needed or that you do not wish to comment.
* We want every one to participate as little or as much as they wish But please participate ...lets make this a joint effort !!!
look forward to hearing from all of you !!!
I am open to any other process or suggestions or time line
Shaila Rao Mistry
IRP Steering Committe
Shaila Rao Mistry
Jayco Interface Technology
IBR Mission Statement as of 4-7-09
WHO WE ARE:
?Internet Bill of Rights? (IBR) is a Dynamic
Coalition that has set out to make Rights on the Internet and their
related duties, specified from the point of view of individual users, a
central theme of the Internet Governance debate held in the IGF context.
Responding to the IGF?s mandate for
multi-stakeholderism, the Coalition welcomes and indeed explicitly
seeks participants from all stakeholder groups, including individuals,
civil society groups, the academic sector, governments,
intergovernmental organizations, the technical community, and the
Our mission is as follows:
* Bring awareness and promote fundamental human and civil rights and liberties on the internet;
Identify ways in which these rights and liberties can be translated on
the Internet, and evaluate the applicability of existing legislation;
* Promote the addressing of issues of human and civil rights in policy-making proposals by all stakeholders;
Promote the specification of how the existing rights can be applied and
what they practically imply in the context of new ICT technologies;
* Identify ways in which new rights and principles deriving from the
innovations caused by the Internet can be defined, agreed and promoted
* Seek to identify measures for the protection and enforcement of these rights;
* Seek to engage the various stakeholders within the Coalition?s
mission and express the Coalition?s interest to work with them.
We believe that a lot of work done for and
around the IGF is thematically overlapping. Therefore the IBR coalition
wants to be first and foremost a platform facilitating collaboration
and dovetailing the work of the Dynamic Coalitions especially as they
relate to Rights on the Internet. It wants to build a collection and
showcase for the federated results of all the Dynamic Coalitions from
It sets out especially to promote a process and instruments to frame and enforce Rights in the Internet.
We strongly believe that the UDHR is the basis
for our work and we should build on all the existing work that has been
done in this field. We therefore ask you to contribute to the
collection of information and links to documents, projects and
organizations we have started in our wiki, and contribute the results
of this work to the platform.
Hence the Bill of Rights Platform will in fact
be made of a set of several documents, some existing, some new - some
substantial, some procedural or related to enforcement.
For the moment we foresee the platform as a toolkit comprised of three elements:
- one first part is meant to illustrate and
translate from a right to how we can enjoy this right online. This
should promote a common understanding of what one's rights on the
internet are, including clear guidelines on how these rights play out
in specific everyday activities conducted on the Internet by ordinary
people (sending and receiving emails, publishing content, partcipating
in online discussions...).
- a second important part is a collection of
existing instruments, and how they are applied in today's legislative
practice (a database of precedents). This is meant as a tool for layers
and policy makers etc. to get informed and compare solutions and
application. It would also serve as a Internet Rights Watch giving
publicity and media attention to victims. This part of the IBR platform
might also become a clearing house where users can find out who they
can contact to enforce their rights.
- thirdly the individual users are meant to
benefit from a translation and standardization of the results of all
the dynamic coalitions into layman terms and even graphical standards
that can communicate effectively what rights are guaranteed (similarly
to Creative Commons icons).
Inside the IBR framework is space for one of
these documents to be a "Bill of Rights" which can be endorsed and
signed by institutions as well as individuals, providing one further
step that starts from the UDHR and other basic human rights documents,
puts them in context, and addresses new parts such as participatory
rights and the multistakeholder principle (which is not recognized
anywhere in terms of people-centred, founding documents), network
principles such as network neutrality etc., and also (importantly) some
high level objectives of the Internet and the Information Society.
The Bill of Rights platform wants to be a
decentralized, distributed, collective effort to advance Internet
rights in all their dimensions, not only by promoting specific
initiatives, but also by providing a conceptual and practical framework
to support this effort. It also aims to raise the awareness on the
importance of this endeavour to curtail the existing digital divides,
to ensure the collective participation of all stakeholders, and to
support an inclusive and solid development of the Internet which
respects cultural and social diversities but adopts the global public
interest as its main objective.
From: Max Senges <max at supercoolschool.com>
To: Lisa Horner <lisa at global-partners.co.uk>
Cc: irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 9:07:30 AM
Subject: Re: [IRP] FW: [ORG-action] Block Phorm
Thanks Lisa - this group looks like a natural allie - it would be good to reach out to them and have them participate in our coalition
Anybody willing & able to contact them?
2009/3/29 Lisa Horner <lisa at global-partners.co.uk>
From: Co-ordinating grassroots support for UK digital rights [mailto:org-action at lists.openrightsgroup.org]
Sent: Fri 27/03/2009 17:00
To: org-action at lists.openrightsgroup.org
Subject: [ORG-action] Block Phorm
This week, we raised the pressure on Phorm, by asking major websites
to block Phorm from intercepting their data.
We?ve yet to have a firm decision from many of these sites ? Facebook,
MSN, Google, Youtube, AOL, Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay. But others,
including several major sites, have already agreed to block Phorm.
Find out more about this on the blog next week.
Right now, we need to pile on the pressure. Once sites start blocking
Phorm, more people will understand that the concerns are real, and
Phorm can be stopped.
== Take Action ==
1 If you?re on Facebook, join the group:
2 Blog about it! Tweet the FB link ? get the message out to your friends.
3 Block Phorm: opt your website out, and let us know by emailing
blockphorm at openrightsgroup.org
4 Email your favourite sites. Make the emails FAO Chief Privacy
Officer. Take the text from our standard letter here:
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