[IRPCoalition] IRPC Submission to the Net Mundial Meeting

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Fri Mar 7 17:41:20 EET 2014

Dear all

If I could just note that these 10 principles, which accompany the 
Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet from the IRP 
Coalition are derived from the Charter. In that sense they distill the 
larger document into 10 principles. Both the IRPC Charter and these 
principles were arrived at after extensive discussion, consultation, and 
stages of collaboration online and offline over some years and they have 
been in the public domain for 5 years at least in various forms.

For this reason the IRPC 10 Principles need to be seen in the context of 
the Charter rather than as delinked. This is one reason why they read 
differently to other sets of IG Principles being submitted and 
formulated as stand alone high level principles.

So, there has not only been serious attempts to reach consensus on all 
these particular principles but more importantly the IRPC Charter itself 
is a prominent example of collaboration and consultation across sectors 
and based in the IGF and this work goes all the way back to 2008.

And to be very clear for the IRP Coalition submission to the NETmundial 
meeting, these 10 principles as part of the larger Charter process are 
therefore in the Charter Booklet and also accessible online in 22 
languages, again the outcome of productive consensus and debate several 
years ago.

IRPC Charter 
The Ten Principles Campaign page (Dating from 2010-2011) 

And a fresh PDF of the IRPC Ten principles has been readied this week; 
The umbrella text is being finalised and submitted later today, thanks 
to the input of quite a few people from this list so here too we can be 
proud of collaborative efforts despite clear disagreements. The final 
text is for view at https://pad.riseup.net/p/IRPC_Net_Mundial_Submission.

Finally as this debate heats up; I think that another look at these 
principles, still in light of the Charter, is due with the changing 
context we are now working in. And this would be a welcome step forward 
as the IRPC Charter is a living document. I welcome a fresh discussion. 
However I do need to correct any misconceptions that these principles 
were arrived at without due consultation and I am sure others who were 
closely involved in those years of consultation and discussion at all 
levels can vouch for this.

At this moment, it is encouraging to see a new burst of discussion 
around these 10 principles in light of their contribution to the content 
for the upcoming NETmundial around IG Principles. Which principles, and 
how these principles are defined as well as articulated at the end of 
this two day event will continue to exercise us all for the next period 
of time. I look forward to a high level debate within this list, and 
other ones on both substantive aspects and ways to formulate these 
complex issues into broad terms.


On 07/03/2014 15:16, Milton L Mueller wrote:
> Lee:
> >the network equality phraseology in the IRPC efforts I think
> >nicely sidestep that - sideshow?
> This is an odd comment. The fact that net neutrality regulations from 
> one national regulator might be unauthorized by that country's laws is 
> completely irrelevant to the question whether NN is a good principle. 
> We are supposed to be advancing principles, not describing what is 
> currently legal around the world. Once a principle is accepted, the 
> laws can change; e.g., the US court decision made it clear that if the 
> FCC reclassifies ISPs as common carriers rather than info service 
> providers it would be ok for them to have the open internet rules.
> My main point about the "network equality" principle was mainly that 
> it was garbled and incoherent, and did not take into account obvious 
> cases in which you do want to allow network management or some forms 
> of discrimination. That could easily be fixed, if there was any 
> serious attempt to reach consensus on this list, which I see there is 
> not.
> However, unlike the other, more generic principles which are mostly 
> already ratified in the UN UDHR, at least this one attempts to deal 
> with something specific to Internet governance.
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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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