[IRP] R: Brainstorm...What do we call the punchy principles?

Fiorello Cortiana f.cortiana
Wed Mar 23 17:35:09 EET 2011

Hi all,
 I hope to be not in late.
It could be useful to insert into the 10 rigths the right to an informed 
participation, both in the public sphere and in the internet 
governance and  the rigth to a shared knowledge


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Da: irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [mailto:irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] Per conto di Lisa Horner
Inviato: mercoled? 23 marzo 2011 12.49
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Cc: Research and Advocacy Team
Oggetto: Re: [IRP] Brainstorm...What do we call the punchy principles?

Hi all

Thanks for the continued input into this - it's fantastic.

My gut feeling is that we should wrap this up today so that Brett can get the flyer printed and we can distribute it in Toronto.  That will keep us on track with the original timeline we set, and also allow us to start that all important mobilisation process.  However, I agree that this is a really important document, and it's great if people want to do more work on it.  So, as some have suggested, let's leave open the possibility of revisiting the text at a later date.  I suggest we do this at the same time as our edits to produce 2.0 of the Charter...we can release 2.0 principles and Charter at the same time, before the next IGF. We can ask the designer to put a small subtle date and "version 1.0" on the flyer, leaving the option of producing a 2.0 if necessary.

I hope that's a good solution for everyone! So, taking as much as possible on board, I think the final text we have is below.  All that has changed since the last version I sent is a slight modification to the privacy principle, based on comments from Meryem and Katitza. (note - there's still some disagreement over whether we include "commercial exploitation" of data, but we should be able to work it out today).

Thanks again everyone! :-)

All the best,


This document defines ten key rights and principles that must form the basis of Internet governance.  They have been compiled by the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRP), an open network of individuals and organisations working to uphold human rights in the Internet environment. The principles are rooted in international human rights standards, and derive from the coalition's emerging Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet.

The Internet offers unprecedented opportunities for the realisation of human rights, and plays an increasingly important role in our everyday lives.  It is therefore essential that all actors, both public and private, respect and protect human rights on the Internet.  Steps must also be taken to ensure that the Internet operates and evolves in ways that fulfil human rights to the greatest extent possible.  To help realise this vision of a rights-based Internet environment, the 10 Rights and Principles are:

1) Universality and Equality
All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled in the online environment.
2) Rights and Social Justice
The Internet is a space for the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights and the advancement of social justice. Everyone has the duty to respect the human rights of all others in the online environment.

3) Accessibility
Everyone has an equal right to access and use a secure and open Internet.
4) Expression and Association
Everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information freely on the Internet without censorship or other interference. Everyone also has the right to associate freely through and on the Internet, for social, political, cultural or other purposes.

5) Privacy and data protection
Everyone has the right to privacy online, free from communication surveillance and interception. This includes the right to anonymity and to use encryption. Everyone has also the right to data protection, including control over personal data collection, retention, processing, disposal and disclosure.

6) 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. 

7) Diversity
Cultural and linguistic diversity on the Internet must be promoted, and technical and policy innovation should be encouraged to facilitate diversity of expression.

8) Network equality 
Everyone shall have universal and open access to the Internet's content, free from discriminatory prioritisation, filtering or traffic control on commercial or political grounds.      
9) Standards and regulation
The Internet's architecture, communication systems, and document and data formats shall be based on open standards that ensure complete interoperability, inclusion and equal opportunity for all.

10) Governance
Human rights and social justice 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.
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