[IRP] Another comment on "punch"

parminder parminder
Wed Oct 6 15:52:05 EEST 2010

On Wednesday 06 October 2010 05:42 PM, Vittorio Bertola wrote:
> Hello,
> I've read the recent discussions on "punch" and, being one of the 
> people who criticized the lack of it, I'd like to make some examples 
> of "punchy" rights that I would like to see stated.
> I would like to see a right to make use of the knowledge and 
> instruments of the past to enhance the personal and collective 
> knowledge and instruments for the future (as opposed to "copyright is 
> a fundamental right, but please use Creative Commons"... copyright 
> should be an exception to sharing, not the opposite).
> I would like to see a right to access and share information of public 
> political and social value without being subject to harassment or 
> limitations by governments, corporations and other interested parties 
> (think of Wikileaks).
> I would like to see a right for the people to use the Internet to 
> gather and self-organize for political and social activity (yes it's 
> already there in the draft, but it's attributed to "the users of ICT 
> tools" - no, it's really "the people", you don't gain the right 
> because you use an ICT tool, it's a generic right for which the 
> Internet is an additional instrument).

Very much so, Vittorio. Thanks for pointing this out. Earlier I had 
tried to include only people as the subject of human rights removing 
users or stakeholders as subjects from the text of the charter, 
especially from the introductory part. Consistently, throughout the 
charter, the subject and holder of rights should be people and human 
beings, and  not any partial categories.

> I would like to see a right to innovate in content, applications and 
> services without having to undergo centralized authorization and 
> validation procedures.
> It's not that these things are not there (some are not, though), it's 
> that IMHO they should be phrased with more focus, more abstraction 
> (implementation in today's technological terms should go in part 2 or 
> in specific documents), and more courage.
> Anyway, I'd be happy to join whatever drafting group to turn criticism 
> into wording proposals.
> Ciao,
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