[IRPCoalition] [bestbits] free flow of information @ Netmundial - Civil Society major issues
williams.deirdre at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 20:05:18 EEST 2014
> Language is very important when it comes to human rights.
Language is always and increasingly important - legally because a word or
form of words may have acquired a particular meaning in law, morally
because a word or form of words without a stable definition can be
manipulated to disguise a particular intention with its opposite.
When it comes to language prefer definitions even over trust!
> Am 15.04.2014 16:33, schrieb Anne Jellema:
>> Jeanette, thanks - the example serves your purpose of illustrating the
>> complexity of positioning in the textual negotiations. On a side note,
>> though, I'm surprised to hear you say that you have opposed free flow of
>> information on grounds that it is not a human right. Article 19 of the
>> UDHR states that:
>> Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right
>> includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and */to seek,
>> receive and impart information and ideas through any media and
>> regardless of frontiers/*.
>> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Jeanette Hofmann <jeanette at wzb.eu
>> <mailto:jeanette at wzb.eu>> wrote:
>> Am 15.04.2014 14:54, schrieb parminder:
>> Not only net neutrality has been removed,
>> 'free flow of information' which figured twice in the earlier
>> (leaked) draft has been removed from both places..
>> in my capacity as a HLMC member I have spoken up against free flow
>> of information in the human rights section because free flow of
>> information is not a human right. Ironically, someone from the
>> business sector objected to removing this term from the human rights
>> I am reporting this to illustrate that the negotiation of the text
>> hasn't always followed the distribution of power and interest that
>> some on this list may assume. The draft document represents
>> victories and defeats on all sides.
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