[IRPCoalition] IRPC Submission to the Net Mundial Meeting
parminder at itforchange.net
Thu Mar 6 05:03:14 EET 2014
About 'what is social justice', Milton, perhaps you should ask your long
time funder - Ford Foundation, who use this term as an overarching
programmatic theme. See http://www.fordfoundation.org/issues . In fact,
they subsume FoE under Social Justice!
Maybe you never told them that you did not think social justice is at
all a meaningful term, in fact, as per you, it is a rather dangerous
concept... They may be under the wrong impression that you are doing
work that is aligned to their social justice goals...
On Thursday 06 March 2014 02:50 AM, Milton L Mueller wrote:
> *From:*irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [mailto:irp-
> webpage with the right text
> If those are the Principles being proposed, I have the following
> comments and questions:
> *2) Rights and Social Justice*
> The Internet is a space for the promotion, protection and
> fulfilment of human rights and the advancement of social justice.
> Everyone has the duty to respect the human rights of all others in
> the online environment.
> What is 'social justice'? How is it advanced? I honestly have no
> idea what it means in this context.Could one add a reference to
> international legal instruments here that explains what one means
> by human rights?
> *3) Accessibility*
> Everyone has an equal right to access and use a secure and open
> *4) Expression and Association*
> Everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information
> freely on the Internet without censorship or other interference.
> Everyone also has the right to associate freely through and on the
> Internet, for social, political, cultural or other purposes.
> At last, a right that bears some resemblance to well-understood
> human rights.
> *5) Privacy and Data Protection*
> Everyone has the right to privacy online. This includes freedom
> from surveillance, the right to use encryption, and the right to
> online anonymity. Everyone also has the right to data protection,
> including control over personal data collection, retention,
> processing, disposal and disclosure.
> Ditto the above
> *6) Life, Liberty and Security*
> The rights to life, liberty, and security must be respected,
> protected and fulfilled online. These rights must not be infringed
> upon, or used to infringe other rights, in the online environment.
> I like this, but doesn't it overlap a bit with #1 and #2, and
> isn't it clearly better than #2 because it avoids undefined and
> divisive language about social justice?
> *7) Diversity*
> Cultural and linguistic diversity on the Internet must be
> promoted, and technical and policy innovation should be encouraged
> to facilitate plurality of expression.
> *8) Network Equality*
> Everyone shall have universal and open access to the Internet's
> content, free from discriminatory prioritisation, filtering or
> traffic control on commercial, political or other grounds.
> This one is garbled, and it overreaches, and thereby sets itself
> up for rejection. It is not about "network equality" it is either
> about network neutrality or the right of network users to be
> treated equally (except that no one really wants to treat all
> network users equally). Not all content on the internet is open,
> some of it you have to pay for and some of it is shielded because
> you don't have authorization to access it (e.g., my bank account).
> Is that a violation of this principle? What is "the Internet's
> content"? "Discriminatory prioritization...on commercial,
> political or *other* grounds" might be interpreted to mean that
> network operators or end users could not discriminate against
> traffic tagged as spam, malware or viruses.
> *9) Standards and Regulation*
> The Internet's architecture, communication systems, and document
> and data formats shall be based on open standards that ensure
> complete interoperability, inclusion and equal opportunity for all.
> "Complete interoperability" tips me off that whoever wrote this
> hasn't worked with standards and standardization much. Are you
> saying that innovative protocols or services that don't always
> work well with others are to be banned? How about IPv6, for example?
> *10) Governance*
> Human rights and social justice must form the legal and normative
> foundations upon which the Internet operates and is governed. This
> shall happen in a transparent and multilateral manner, based on
> principles of openness, inclusive participation and accountability.
> What a mess. I simply don't believe that this principle,
> especially the invocation of "multilateral" governance, has
> widespread consensus. I still don't know what social justice
> means, but I do know how some people use the term as a code word
> for coercive redistributions of wealth.
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