[IRPCoalition] IRPC Submission to the Net Mundial Meeting

shaila mistry shailam at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 7 20:57:38 EET 2014

Hi Everyone 

As one of the original authors of the Charter of Human Rights
and Internet 1.0 and as a key author for the 10 principles, I offer follow

The decision to
create the Charter of Human Rights was made in IGF Hyderabad in 2008 and for
the next year a committed group of individuals worked on it extensively for
almost a year . The group emerged from interest and expertise and dedication to
pioneer the way for a “Bill of Rights” as it was termed then.  Opportunity to participate and submit was
open to the list. 

Yes we made a very serious attempt to reach consensus and
many “discussions, collaborations and consultations” took place with a great effort
to be mindful of all aspects of internet rights.Charter 1.0 was a
monumental beginning, indeed it opened the door to Human Rights appearing on
the stage, from that beginning it is now a central consideration.

The 10 principles were intended to be quick brief synthesis
of the Charter. Again this was done to garner the interest of governments and other
critical influencing bodies. The 10 principles need to be seen within context.

The Charter and the 10 are both excellent instruments and
they did the job, however much has changed since then and we need to revisit
both the Charter and the 10 principles to update and strengthen. A lot has
change in the understanding and culture of some of the language and jargon.

I look forward to working on next round. Please send out information
when we start the process.

Shaila Rao Mistry
Transforming Ideas into Action                shaila at stem-institute.org

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On Friday, March 7, 2014 7:56 AM, Marianne Franklin <m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk> wrote:
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 http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IRP_booklet_2nd-Edition14Nov2013.pdf
The Ten Principles Campaign page (Dating from 2010-2011) http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/campaign/

And a fresh PDF of the IRPC Ten principles has been readied this
    week; http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IRP_booklet_6March2014_10principles.pdf
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:

>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
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