[IRPCoalition] Fwd: IRP: listserv problems and a new co-chair!
parminder at itforchange.net
Wed Nov 28 11:01:44 EET 2012
Congrats for taking up as the co-chair... look forward to working under
your able leadership....
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Subject: IRP: listserv problems and a new co-chair!
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:55:34 +0000
From: Dixie Hawtin <Dixie at global-partners.co.uk>
**This is an email for the IRP Coalition -- apologies for the delay is
providing an update from the IGF. As some of you have noticed the IRP
listserv is down. Just as we sorted out the website (please see the
great work of Minda and Keith here: http://www.irpcharter.org/), it
looks like we will need to set up a new listserv also. This is being
worked on and should be ready any day. Expect an update and invitation
to the re-launched list in the near future.**
However I have sent this now because I couldn't wait any longer to
announce the*new IRP co-chair:* *Marianne Franklin!* The IRP had a
fantastic meeting in Baku despite difficult circumstances (a Friday 9am
slot and a clash with the first Human Rights Roundtable). It was great
to see so many people in the room and brimming with so much enthusiasm.
The most important job on the agenda was to elect a new co-chair as my
term has now come to an end. I am very pleased to announce that there
was enthusiastic and unanimous support for _our new IRP co-chair:
Marianne Franklin from the University of Goldsmiths!_**Marianne has been
an active IRP Steering Committee member for many years and has proved
herself a real asset to the Coalition.
*A Steering Committee:* At the meeting we also called for nominations
for the IRP Steering Committee. We had lots of interest in the room and
Norbert Bollow, Allon Barr, Michael Gurstein, and Parminder Singh all
expressed interest. We wanted to open up the call to the list to see if
anyone else would like to join, and in particular people from
government, intergovernmental organisations and businesses. It would
also be nice to get more of a geographical spread. _Matthias and
Marianne will follow this up with a survey monkey vote in the next 2
weeks so please do send your interest through before then._
*The IRP at the IGF: *The meeting began with a discussion about the work
that the IRP are doing with the Council of Europe to clarify user rights
in the internet environment and to identify redress mechanisms that
users can employ when their rights are violated. This conversation
quickly turned to a debate about privacy and anonymity online, and on
the responsibilities of businesses to respect human rights. The bulk of
the meeting focussed on what the IRP should be working on over the next
year. The results of the survey were presented (please find these
attached) and then there was a lively discussion. The overall message
was: _publicise, publicise, publicise! _Many people in the room were new
to the IRP -- they had never heard of the 10 IRP or the Charter
initiative but thought it was relevant to their work and others in their
countries and they wanted to be a part of it. The other ideas were about
going deeper by, for example, taking a Charter article every year and
examining more closely to see when, where and how it is violated, to
identify best practice for different internet actors in relation to that
article, and to raise awareness.
So, this is my last email as IRP co-chair. I have really enjoyed the
role, thanks to all of you!
*Project Manager, Freedom of Expression and Digital
Communications****Global Partners and Associates*
Development House, 56-64 Leonard St, EC2A 4LT, UK
Office: +44 (0)20 7549 0338
*mailto:dixie at global-partners.co.uk*
*www.global-partners.co.uk <http://www.global-partners.co.uk/> *
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