[IRP] last round & producing a clean version 0.8 of the charter

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon
Fri Nov 13 14:59:36 EET 2009

Thanks Max. Sorry I'm just having time to look at the current draft
right now. Look forward to discussing later this evening here in

One concern: The current text of Article 5 - Torture calls for
"specialized internet policemen."
Do we want to be advocating that? In some countries (China springs to
mind) there are already specialized internet policemen who spend a lot
of time monitoring and suppressing dissent in addition to acts that
are internationally recognized as crimes. I hope we can avoid language
or recommendations that could be interpreted as an endorsement of
practices that end up with very different results than the ones we are
hoping to achieve.


2009/11/10 Max Senges <maxsenges at gmail.com>:
> Dear IRPlers
> WOW - my respect I finally got around to looking through Section 2 and I was
> super happy to see that it was pretty complete and well formulated.
> I actually think that we can make a preliminary version and bring printouts
> to the IGF.
> We should maybe put a Beta as well as/or a version 0.9 on it, but i think it
> certainly raises most aspects and should be mainstreamed as wide as
> possible.
> I would be happy to make nice printouts, but could anybody work on a nice
> layout? So we can also share it as pdf? I have started by putting it into a
> public g-doc which is much easier to edit and layout @
> Section I (no new edits, still needs consolidation for FoE, A2K, Privacy)
> https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AeybA8_Lt-gwYWpjczg2cDlkeDJzXzMxYzQ5cXF3Yzc&hl
> Section II (below are some paragraphs I took out or have questions about)
> https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AeybA8_Lt-gwYWpjczg2cDlkeDJzXzI5ZnJ0dnR0YzM&hl=de
> Of course there is still work to be done. The first section needs to have
> some key sections consolidated (it's still repetitive for some rights)
> Should we meet this thursday at 18.00 (CET) to discuss last edits before the
> IGF?
> Yours
> Max
> Please explain:There is certainly no right to a n internet backbone
> Public infrastructure. The internet serves as a global public
> infrastructure. This infrastructure must be widely distributed and support
> sufficient bandwidth, which will enable people everywhere to utilise its
> potential for raising their voices, improving their lives and expressing
> their creativity. People have the right to well-distributed national
> internet backbone that is connected to the international network.
> These paragraphs were repetitive (but maybe we should distill some aspects
> raised into the final version):
> ?Open accessibility for all. People should be able to access and use all
> interfaces, content and applications (inclusive design). Interfaces, content
> and applications must be designed to ensure accessibility for all, including
> people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, people who are not
> literate and people who speak minority languages. The principle of inclusive
> design and the use of assistive technologies must be promoted and supported
> to allow persons with disabilities to benefit fully and on equal terms with
> non-disabled people.

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