[IRP] [governance] Declaration of Internet Freedom
Fri Jul 13 15:02:00 EEST 2012
So glad to see the discussion take this turn because it is SUCH an important thing for the coalition to decide on our priority aim and activities now. I certainly agree that it is great to see so many groups in the world focus on internet rights, and having long-considered these issues - as well as having such an international coalition - puts us in a great position to make a really useful contribution to the movement. What we have been missing somewhat since the launch of the 10 IRPs and Beta version of the Charter is a clear idea of what we do next.
There seem to be a number of different options emerging in the discussions, such as:
* Looking at ways of operationalising the principles - for example looking at what different stakeholders in the digital environment would need to do to uphold them.
* Using the IRP into a space to promote synergies between different sets of principles.
* Publicising and promoting the Charter and 10 IRPs
* Working on the Charter to continue to try and perfect it
It's really important to work out what we can do which would be most useful, feasible and effective - so if you have ideas or opinions etc. please do wade in now! My idea is if we can discuss this on the list first, we can then set up a survey to get buy-in from as many people as possible and identify what resources we can draw upon to put some real coalition force behind us!
And two other smaller notes:
1) Just to clarify for the people who have been working hard for the Coalition that we are actually very busy at the moment - all three of our workshop proposals for the IGF have been accepted, which means that we will have an opportunity to push important issues like access to the internet; multi-stakeholder governance; and also the synergies between different sets of principles, up the agenda (the latter is the workshop we are co-organising with the Council of Europe). In addition Wolfgang, Meryem, Rikke, Johan and I have all recently been given seats on the Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users at the Council of Europe - so that will be an opportunity to build on the links between us and to promote practical initiatives and applications of the Charter principles. Note: I will be sending more information about this and how to get involved soon.
2) The website - we sincerely apologise for the difficulties and are working to fix them. I don't think it was sinister; someone appeared to think our website would be a good place to advertise Viagra! In the meantime please direct people to the Charter site (http://irpcharter.org/). We will probably have to migrate content across on to this platform which will then be our main website. If there are any volunteers who would like to help with this please let me know.
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