[IRP] 2nd Request IRP Kick off : Review of Mission Satatement 2009

shaila mistry shailam
Tue Apr 21 23:41:53 EEST 2009

Hi All 
I am sending out a second request for comments on our Mission statement. I have not heard from any one so far. I know that several of you have some comments that you would like to have?incorporated ...so please respond.? Please scroll down to see the Mission statement and notes from my last email on April 7
I am waiting here with fingers poised on key board ready to incorporate?all "reasonable " suggestions..:):)
?with much enthusiasm.......


From: shaila mistry <shailam at yahoo.com>
To: irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org; Bill of Sent: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 11:59:42 Subject: IRP Kick off : Review of Mission Satatement 2009

Hi Everyone

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 .

Process :
In 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 :
I 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 

many thanks

Shaila Rao Mistry
IRP Steering Committe
Shaila Rao Mistry
Jayco Interface Technology
Jayco MMI

IBR Mission Statement as of 4-7-09
?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 private sector.
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 when necessary;
?* 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 the IGF.
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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