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

shaila mistry shailam
Wed Mar 23 19:20:15 EET 2011

Listening to everyone comments, my suggestion is that we include the following 
in the introductory comment.This would complete the perceptive and purpose of 
the 10
 ..something that says...." these 10 rights and principles are the 
precursor/forerunner/flagship-to the human rights charter,wherein all of the 
UDHR rights are laid out"


From: Lee W McKnight <lmcknigh at syr.edu>

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If we are a go, please give us a release schedule, so we can coordinate on the 
pr push.

Presumably the dynamic coalition leads and everyone follows re-tweating, liking, 
linking and sharing the 10 punchy principles? 

If we have a couple days notice I'm sure a bunch of us can try to amplify the 

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

I am also fine with it, as long as we remain open to later versions that include 
wider participation. parminder

On Wednesday 23 March 2011 01:57 AM, Lee W McKnight wrote:

I am comfortable with releasing as is and making as big a splash as we can, 
now...while somehow denoting that the charter itself and its 10 punch principles 
are...subject to tweaking future revs.

Maybe unnecessary to state on the punchy doc, but for long form maybe labeling 
as version 0.1 or something like that gets across further input and 
modifications my come...and that the articulation of Internet rights and 
principles is not logically a 1-time thing.

my 2 cents: hit the pr button hard, soon.

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

Hi all

Thanks for the further suggestions.  I'm personally happy with most of them and 
have incorporated them below, with one or two slight modifications...

We've discussed whether we can say that everyone has a duty to promote rights 
quite a lot in the context of the Charter and these principles, and it was 
concluded that we can't. Everyone has a duty to respect, but only states have a 
responsibility to promote and fulfil.

For encryption, we did have the right to anonymity under expression already.  
But it's under privacy in the Charter and probably makes more sense there....and 
now we've added association to expression in these principles, it makes it more 
concise.  So I've taken it out of expression, and added encryption to privacy. 
The privacy principle has also changed a bit following some suggestions from 
Katitza (she also wants to take a closer look this evening)...mainly to separate 
out data protection from privacy of communication, and to remove "retention", as 
this implies that data retention is ok whilst the privacy community is pushing 
for minimal data retention.

RE life, liberty and security....from what I remember, this was pushed for hard 
by some of the punchy group people.  It relates to the use of the Internet to 
infringe on other's rights e.g. for the trafficking and abuse of women and 

RE more time for discussion....I hear what you're saying, and if people really 
want to discuss further that's fine.  However, some are really keen to get this 
out, and it seems a strategic time to do so, as we discussed in our last 
conference call.  The punchy group worked hard on the doc, and many other active 
coalition members have made suggestions and said they're happy with it.  For the 
Charter, we delayed the process following the IGF to allow for more discussion 
and debate, despite the fact that many didn't want to.  Then, in the end, not 
many people participated in the prolonged revision process.  The idea was always 
to try and get these principles out quickly, so that we can spend time getting 
the detail of the Charter right (which fleshes out many of these principles, 
adding the nuance that such a punchy doc can't).

So, I would really like to get this out and make the most of imminent 
opportunities to start spreading the word.  But if there are strong objections, 
let's discuss.

Thanks again, and 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 

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 of communication online.  This includes 
freedom from surveillance and the right to use encryption.  Everyone also has 
the right to data protection, including control over how their personal data is 
collected, used, disclosed, commercially exploited and disposed.

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 

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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