[IRP] 8.9 earthquake in Japan

shaila mistry shailam
Fri Mar 11 09:45:53 EET 2011

By now some of you must have heard of the 8.9 earth quake in Japan. Do we have 
any of our members out there ?
Our prayers to them and their families!!

 Life is too short ....challenge the rules
Forgive quickly ... love truly ...and tenderly
Laugh constantly.....and never stop dreaming! 

From: "Benedek, Wolfgang (wolfgang.benedek at uni-graz.at)" 
<wolfgang.benedek at uni-graz.at>
To: Brett Solomon <brett at accessnow.org>; 
"Irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org" 
<Irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
Sent: Thu, March 10, 2011 11:13:02 PM
Subject: Re: [IRP] Ten punchy principles

Congratulation, looks very well done.
 Will be back after more careful analysis with more in depth comments.

Wolfgang Benedek
Von:  Brett Solomon <brett at accessnow.org>
Datum:  Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:49:58 +0100
An:  "Irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org" 
<Irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
Betreff:  [IRP] Ten punchy principles

Dear IRP,

Following on from Lisa's earlier email,  I'm pleased to send out the draft ten 
Punchy Principles for the Internet that have been worked  on by a small working 
group of people from the IRP. The working group was originally formulated at the 
2010 Vilnius IGF and includes Lisa Horner and Dixie Hawtin (Global Partners, 
UK), Brett Solomon and  Jochai Ben-Avie (Access, Australia/USA), Henrik Almstr?m 
(APC,  Sweden/South Africa), Karmen Turk (Lawyer, Estonia), Shaila Mistry (Jayco 
MMI Consulting, USA) and  Carlos Affonso de Souza (FGV, Brazil). 

The aim is for a version of these principles to be launched together  with the 
online consultation  platform for the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for 
the Internet. They therefore accord with the current version  of the Charter. 
Their purpose is two-fold. Firstly, to help mobilize, shape and  inform the 
community debate on the Charter (Carlos has made it clear how  their 10 
Brazilian  principles proved very valuable for the Brazilian Civil Framework for  
the Internet). Secondly, many people have said that they need a punchier  
advocacy tool which can be used, in  conjunction with the longer Charter, as a 
framework for policy  assessment and campaigning. Note: they are NOT designed to 
be used as a  legal document.

Clearly people will have  very different views on these (as we have found in the 
smaller group)  but I think they are a good starting point for a discussion. We 
have  done some consultation in our own (Access) community on this draft, and 
there was  some very good feedback which we are happy to share.

As I  understand it, the draft punchy principles are now open for discussion 
here, so  that Lisa and the crew can take the final draft forward and put them 
on  the site along with the Charter. Draft principles below.




All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, which must 
respected,protected and fulfilled in the online environment
Everyone has an equal right to access and use a secure and open Internet.
Everyone must have uniform access to the Internet?s content, free from 
prioritization, discrimination, censorship, filtering or traffic control. 

The Internet is a space for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human 
rights. Everyone has the duty to respect the rights of all others in the online 
Everyone has the right to hold and express opinions, and to seek, receive, and 
impart information on the Internet without arbitrary interference or 
surveillance.Everyone has the right to communicate anonymously online. 

Life, liberty and security
The rights to life, liberty, and security must be respected, protected and 
fulfilled online. These rights must not be infringed upon, or used to infringe 
other rights, in the online environment. 

Everyone has the right to privacy online free from surveillance, including the 
right to control how their personal data is collected, used, disclosed, retained 
and disposed.
Cultural and linguistic diversity on the Internet must be promoted, and 
technical and policy innovation should be encouraged to facilitate diversity of 
Standards and regulation
The Internet?s architecture shall be based on open standards that facilitate 
interoperability and inclusion of all for all.
Rights must form the legal and normative foundations upon which the Internet 
operates and is governed. This shall happen in a transparent and multilateral 
manner, based on principles of openness, inclusive participation and 
accountability as prescribed by law.

Brett Solomon
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