[IRPCoalition] [IRP-SC] Fwd: [bestbits] surveillance of human rights groups

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Fri Jun 26 11:22:16 EEST 2015

Dear all

Yes, let's. The letter expresses widespread concern across all 
stakeholder groups about an issue i think most on all the lists would 
all agree upon...

As Article 8 (f)  - The Right to Privacy on the Internet - of the IRPC 
states (echoed elsewhere in international undertakings and UN 
resolutions) "f) Freedom from surveillance: Everyone has the freedom to 
communicate without arbitrary surveillance or interception (including 
behavioural tracking, profiling, and cyber-stalking), or the threat of 
surveillance or interception. Any agreement regarding access to online 
services that includes acceptance of surveillance shall clearly state 
the nature of the surveillance." (IRPC Charter Booklet: 18).

I think this letter is succinct and makes this point clearly and it 
deserves the support of the IRP Coalition at large.


On 26/06/2015 05:17, Tapani Tarvainen wrote:
> Yes. Let's.
> Tapani
> On Jun 25 10:33, Robert Bodle (irpbodle at gmail.com) wrote:
>> Dear IRPC Steering Committee,
>> Is this something we can sign on to (endorse as a Coalition) without too
>> much trouble (please see below)? The deadline is quite close.
>> (Though not sure if the process of getting broad consensus from SC is
>> enough).
>> All the best,
>> Robert
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Andrew Puddephatt <andrew at gp-digital.org>
>> Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 10:53 PM
>> Subject: [bestbits] surveillance of human rights groups
>> To: "bestbits at lists.bestbits.net" <bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>
>> Friends
>> You may have seen a story in the media this week about GCHQ surveillance of
>> two internationally respected human right groups based in Egypt and South
>> Africa respectively.
>> A number of UK based organisations are sending alter to the UK Foreign
>> Secretary about this and will publish it soon.  We would welcome support
>> from international groups if you would willing to endorse the letter by COB
>> Friday 26th June (this week).
>> The contents are self explanatory
>> Here it is:
>> http://bestbits.net/gchq-surveillance/
>> If you share our concern please endorse the letter
>> best wishes
>> *Andrew Puddephatt*
>> Executive Director | GLOBAL PARTNERS DIGITAL
>> Development House, 56–64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT
>> T: +44 (0)20 7549 0336 | Skype: andrewpuddephatt
>> gp-digital.org
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Marianne Franklin, PhD
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>
Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)
Steering Committee/Former Co-Chair Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (UN IGF)

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