[IRPCoalition] Live update from EuroDIG 2014

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Fri Jun 13 13:56:27 EEST 2014

Dear all

Following up from Vik's post about the No Hate Campaign which is running 
a workshop here, right now, at the EuroDIG, some photos


A really productive and nuanced discussion has been taking place here 
linking the legal, policy-making priorities, and real-life experience; 
how examples help us anchor those sections of the IRCPC Charter that 
explicitly mention Hate Speech (under FoE and Rights of Young People 
clauses). Thanks VIk and team!

Other updates on sessions:

- Plenary 5: Security, Internet Principles and Human Rights 
kicks off at 2.30pm CET

- The workshop on Accessbility has reported back; pasted in below

The minutes of the session is on thewiki  <http://www.eurodig.org/wiki/Accessibility_and_social_inclusion>. Please make yours corrections and input.

Consider these bullets of our session:

- In the session we talked about an ecosystem that could potentiate the inclusion of vulnerable groups like disabilities, migrants, elderly people, people with low incomes, unemployed, etc. An ecosystem of basic infrastructure to Internet access, technology (devices), assistive technology, accessibility of digital information, capacity building.

- Libraries are an important place of public, universal and democratic access to ICTs. Financing infrastructure for Internet access, the provision of equipment and increased digital skills of existing teams at libraries is a critical factor. The libraries also provide materials including books. The investment in digital content and digitize its analog collections helps tackle the "books famine", a frequent complaint of international organizations representing people with disabilities for whom digital isn't one more access channel to a book but the only one that responds to their reading skills.

- Having standards for the development of ICT products and services is important. But it is also important to have legal mechanisms that put them into practice. The European Accessibility Requirements for Public Procurement of Products and Services in the ICT Domain (EN301549) is one of these cases. It needs legal cover.

- In the case of web accessibility practice of the last fifteen years giving proof of evidence that there is no correlation between good practices and legal obligation. There are countries that demonstrate that the assumption of accessibility as a factor of social responsibility by the organizations has produced best practice, more consistent and perennial. A higher ranking on search engines of accessible websites is a better argument for increasing accessibility than just appealing to the normative dimension. Certification of content producers is a way forward.

- We could have technology, accessible contents but we need to increase the digital literacy levels of people. People with disabilities, immigrants, elderly people are some of the target groups mentioned in our debate.

--Jorge Fernandes

- And one highlight so far on Twitter is the "Bullshit Bingo" monitoring 
card from those we usually refer to as the audience; also available as 
hard-copy :)


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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