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

Lisa Horner LisaH
Thu Jul 29 20:43:21 EEST 2010

I'm re-sending this email without attachments just in case anyone's email system rejects the version with attachments.

Best wishes,

From: irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [mailto:irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] On Behalf Of Lisa Horner
Sent: 29 July 2010 18:34
To: irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org
Cc: irp-charter at rp.lip6.fr
Subject: [IRP] Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet

Dear all

Please find attached the draft of the Charter that the expert group has been working on.  I think it's a great piece of work, so thanks to everyone...coalition members and experts alike.  It's a really exciting step forwards for the coalition...hopefully worth the wait!

Please read it through and make any comments or ask any questions that you have.  We will gather all of the comments, and the expert group will take them into consideration as best as they can.  We will then have a final version 1.0 of the Charter ready for the planned consultation with the Council of Europe (and hopefully EBU and maybe others too) on 7th September, and to present at the IGF in Vilnius.

At that stage, there are still likely to be outstanding areas and points for discussion that we feel we need to work on.  We have already started to collate some of the main points for discussion that arose during the work of the expert group (I've attached the version with those points for discussion here too).  After Vilnius, the plan is to consult on the Charter more widely, helping to improve the text and get more individuals and organizations involved.  We need to decide on a strategy for doing that - we can discuss that at the IGF (and also remotely for those who won't be there).

The Charter is also on Google docs here:

To make comments, please send an email either to the list, or to me personally if you'd rather.  Please refer to the exact Article and page number that you are referring to when you make your comments and questions.  Please also be as precise as possible, proposing concrete solutions or suggestions if you want something to be changed.  For example, if you are unhappy with the language of a section, please suggest alternative language.  If you would like to insert something into the Charter that is missing, please suggest the addition as an article in language that is consistent with the current style of the Charter, and also explain why you think it should be included.

You can also comment directly on the Google Doc by highlighting the relevant text and clicking "insert" and then "comment".  Please DON'T make your comments in tracked changes on the word document attached here as the email may bounce back due to it being too large (the current email size permitted is very limited at the moment).  It would also make it quite difficult to collate the comments and changes.

As we discussed on the Conference call, the second section of the Charter is still incomplete.  Please feel free to comment on the text that is there, and start to work to fill in the gaps if you have time.  The link to the google doc of section 2 is here, if anyone wants to start to add new bundles of rights. (please don't edit what's there on this version...just add new bits if you'd like to).

We'll try and get a better system up and running to gather comments when we consult more widely on the Charter at and after the IGF.

I suggest the following timescale:

29th July - 13th August: Coalition members comment on the Charter by email/Google docs.
Possible date - 19TH August: Conference call to discuss outstanding issues and changes (exact date and time tbc.)
23rd - 27th August: Finalisation of Version 1.0

As it is the holiday season at the moment, I hope that this will give everyone an opportunity to comment.  If you are away but want to participate, please let me know and we can try to work around it.

As always - any comments, questions and ideas are always welcome.  I will be away with very limited access to email until next Thursday.  But Wolfgang (wolfgang.benedek at uni-graz.at<mailto:wolfgang.benedek at uni-graz.at>) and Dixie (Dixie at global-partners.co.uk<mailto:Dixie at global-partners.co.uk>) might be able to answer any immediate queries.

Finally, I'd like to say thank you to the expert group for all of their work on this.  And an extra HUGE thank you to Wolfgang Benedek who has done a lot of work and has really driven the process forwards.

All the best,

Lisa Horner
Head of Research & Policy  Global Partners and Associates
338 City Road, London, EC1V 2PY, UK
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