[IRPCoalition] IRP in 2014

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Thu Jan 2 13:25:36 EET 2014

Apologies for a double-mailing but should have sent the message below 
under a new message heading.
On 02/01/2014 12:21, Marianne Franklin wrote:
> Dear all
> Happy 2014. Thank you Olivier for the positive vibes this early in the 
> year too.
> As preparations for the Brazil Meeting in April gather steam, a main 
> agenda item and output is now clear; to produce a "global" set of 
> Internet Governance principles.
> Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, who has been undertaking a survey of all 
> existing statements around IG Principles including those that include 
> human rights and principles, has provided one comprehensive review of 
> the year past and the year ahead in this respect (
> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20131231_internet_governance_outlook_2014_good_news_bad_news_no_news/ 
> At the end of this analysis, Wolfgang makes the following comment 
> about the leading role the UDHR played historically in setting the 
> frame for subsequent international human rights law: that it "would be 
> good to have a similar document for the Internet, supported not only 
> by the governments of the 193 UN member states but also by all the 
> non-governmental stakeholders from the private sector as Google and 
> Facebook, the technical community as ICANN and the IETF and civil 
> society as APC and Human Rights Watch."
> Point taken but for the fact that the IRP Charter already exists in 
> this capacity. Its 21 clauses are explicitly - and elegantly - 
> embedded in the UDHR and these subsequent treaties. It was the product 
> of collaborative work, within the IGF setting to be sure, of 
> individuals and organizations all mentioned in this comment. 
> Government reps and IGO reps have been active as well in the Charter 
> work. Endorsements by a range of actors are currently being gathered 
> as the 2nd Edition of the Charter Booklet is ready to go public. We 
> also have several translations in process so here there is a 
> grassroots support level for the work.
> But, Brazil is a so-called high level meeting and its outcomes will be 
> symbolic and perhaps groundbreaking from an inter-governmental point 
> of view (perhaps not but that remains to be seen). With more and more 
> support for a human-rights based approach to IG in the wake of the 
> Snowden revelations, it appears that we could be facing the embedding 
> of a disconnect between this shift in mood, one that underscores the 
> IRP Charter project after-the-fact, and the fact that these calls 
> since Snowden are already encapsulated by the IRP Charter in its 
> entirety.
> Given this recognition that human rights online do matter (underscored 
> too by initiatives such as the 13 Principles by PI, EFF, Access et al) 
> do need protecting, what remains to be seen is whether all those 
> concerned with making Brazil a success and based on the good parts of 
> the IGF working model, the IRP Charter can be taken on board in a more 
> explicit capacity. By this I mean that it is the document that is 
> adopted and recognized in the fullest sense of the term ("legally 
> non-binding high level principles"). This is because the IRP Charter 
> remains the one document that already complies with these calls; from 
> within the IGF community and further abroad in the UN, and technical 
> community where high profile figures such as Tim Berners-Lee are 
> calling for a global Bill of Digital Rights.
> It would be a shame, and a mistake to my mind, for us to not to make 
> use of the same sort of collaborative and creative energy within this 
> list alone, and links to wider networks to promote the Charter for 
> this role whilst supporting the Brazil Meeting aim to generate a broad 
> sort of global consensus. We do not need to re-reinvent the wheel here.
> What do people think?
> best
> MF
> On 01/01/2014 18:39, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond wrote:
>> Thanks for these excellent news!
>> I am thrilled to see such talent leading the IRP. May it go from
>> strength to strength!
>> Best wishes to you all for 2014.
>> Olivier
>> On 24/12/2013 17:54, IRPCoalition wrote:
>>> Dear all
>>> The election/endorsement process for the IRP Coalition's Steering
>>> Committee is over (37 people took part with 86.5% support, 5.4%
>>> against, and 8.1% abstaining). Thank you for the positive comments
>>> about all we have achieved this year and also for the constructive
>>> suggestions for the year to come. The new SC met last week so this
>>> email is to formally re-introduce everyone to you all.
>>> First up, our incoming co-Chair who will be serving with Marianne this
>>> year. Robert has worked with the IRP since 2008, seeing the first
>>> charter through, setting up and then assisting with the website and
>>> social media efforts, and also supporting IRP events at the IGF
>>> meetings. After being on the steering committee for the last few
>>> years, championing the IRP in all capacities, he is happy to provide
>>> continuity and support as co-chair of the IRP. Robert is excited about
>>> growing participation in the coalition, ramping up dissemination of
>>> the Charter in different engaging formats (socio-technical,
>>> educational), and exploring new ways of integrating Human Rights in
>>> Internet Governance at all levels. This work complements his teaching
>>> and research as an engaged academic.
>>> Next here are the SC members for 2014 (bio notes will be up on the
>>> website shortly):
>>> Co-Chairs
>>> Marianne Franklin (New Zealand/UK)
>>> Robert Bodle (USA)
>>> Steering Committee
>>> Rafik Dammak (Tunisia/Japan)
>>> Catherine Easton (UK)
>>> Dixie Hawtin (UK)
>>> Matthias Kettemann (Austria)
>>> Parminder Jeet Singh (India)
>>> Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza (Brazil)
>>> Vik Szabados (Hungary)
>>> Tapani Tarvainen (Finland)
>>> We are all looking forward to a productive year for the protection and
>>> enjoyment of human rights online - for everyone, everywhere.
>>> Warm regards
>>> MF/RB and the whole SC
>>> www.internetrightsandprinciples.org
>>> http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/dynamiccoalitions/72-ibr
>>> @netrights
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Dr Marianne Franklin
Professor of Global Media and Politics
Convener: Global Media & Transnational Communications Program
Goldsmiths (University of London)
Department of Media & Communications
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Tel: +44 20 7919 7072
<m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>
Co-Chair Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (UN IGF)

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