[IRP] Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet

Masa Kojic masakojic
Mon Aug 9 16:23:40 EEST 2010

Dear all,

I have read the Charter and made some comments to it.

*1. Do we want* *to refer narrowly to the Internet or broadly to digital
communication? (Title)

*My opinion is that the rights and principles included in the Charter are
relevant to other means of digital communication ( for example,mobile
phones), not only for the Internet. For example, right to privacy, data
protection, consumer rights. When it comes to right of privacy, I was
referring in particular to the freedom from surveillance (9.f). One can
monitor the other by interception of his communication via mobile phones,
without using the Internet. Therefore, my opinion is that the Human Rights
in the present Charter should refer to digital communication.

*2. Do we want to refer to 'regional human rights bodies' and other
institutions too? (Preamble, para. 3)

*I am not sure that I understood this question correctly, but since this
question refers to the sentence 'This Charter is *based on*...' and while
working on the Charter experts have taken into account documents issued by
CoE and European Court of Human Rights cases, I think that we should refer
to regional human rights bodies too.

*3. In accordance with national laws (2.b)

*I stand on the position that this formulation is adequate for the level of
digital development on which the global society is at the moment. Finland's
infrastructure enables finish parliament to proclaim broadband access as a
human right, but majority of other countries are not on that level.
Therefore, proclaiming that the broadband access is a matter of national
legislature represents the reality.

*4. Digital identity (9.b)

*I believe that a general provision ('Everyone has a right to digital
identity') should be included in the "Liberty and Security' section. On the
other hand, the protection of digital identity, should be included in
"Privacy" section. Concerning the language, my opinion is that "the personal
identification in information systems" is better option, bearing in mind
that in other option no "information society" is mentioned and, therefore,
that option does not specifically refer to the digital world.

*5. Right to Work (14.b, para. 2)

*I was wondering if the explicit and clear statement of the restrictions on
the Internet made by the employers makes that restriction legal?


Masa Kojic
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