[IRPCoalition] Open letter to Zuckerberg re: Internet.org

Robert Bodle irpbodle at gmail.com
Tue May 12 21:24:39 EEST 2015

Dear MF - thank you for posting!

I think this is a reasonable letter for the IRPC to support - the letter
identifies and articulates clear implications of Internet.org for Human
Rights, especially the role Internet.org can play in discriminating in
terms of net neutrality, freedom of expression, and privacy. The zero
rating clause is especially troubling given the precedent of structuring
privacy as a luxury tier (for those who can afford it), instead of treating
this as a base-line fundamentally protected right.

In terms of effectiveness or impact - as Khaled Fattal points out - I think
it is worth signing on as one form of pressure, with some weight coming
from a broad based consortium of established civil society and internet
rights groups.



Robert Bodle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and New Media Studies
Mount St. Joseph University
Cincinnati, OH45233-1670
(513) 244-4829
robert_bodle at mail.msj.edu

Adjunct Professor
Department of Media, Journalism and Film
Miami University
Oxford, OH45056
bodler at miamioh.edu

Co-Chair Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (UN IGF)

On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 3:58 AM, Marianne Franklin <m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>

>  Dear IRP'ers
> See below, and attached an open letter by Access that is addressed to Mark
> Zuckerberg and Facebook about their internet.org project and its
> implications for net neutrality, FoE, and other rights and freedoms
> contained in the IRPC Charter, and subsequent declarations.
> As internet rights and principles continue to be chipped away at from all
> directions, this letter is timely.
> best
> MF
> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Josh Levy <josh at accessnow.org> wrote:
>>   Hi all - we've had some great input from a number of people over the
>> last few days, and we've incorporated it all into (yet another) draft of
>> our open letter to Mark Zuckerberg on zero rating, attached.
>>  As you'll see, the substance is mostly unchanged. Here's what we did:
>>    - Moved some text around to make it flow better
>>    - Added some language about "equality of opportunity" the problems of
>>    a two-tiered Internet
>>     - Fixed a few typos and problems of clarity
>> We'd like folks to consider this current text as *final *minus any
>> glaring problems. To allow for more groups to sign (including many in
>> India, who are just now seeing the final text)
>> *we're now closing this up tomorrow (Tuesday) at COB EST. *
>> *Please review the letter and let me know if you can sign*. If your
>> organization has already signed and is uncomfortable with any changes,
>> please let me know.
>> Once this is live, I encourage you to publicize it through social media
>> and by blog, and to articulate your reason for getting behind the language
>> - which will also give you an opportunity to voice criticisms not included
>> in the letter.
>> Current list of signers below:
>>   Access Global  Popular Resistance US  RootsAction.org
>> <https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2FRootsAction.org> US  Future
>> of Music Coalition US  OpenMedia Canada  The Media Consortium US  Samuelson-Glushko
>> Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) Canada  Bits
>> of Freedom Netherlands  Initiative für Netzfreiheit Austria  IT-Pol
>> Denmark Denmark  European Digital Rights (EDRi) EU  ColorofChange.org
>> <https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2FColorofChange.org> US  xnet
>> Spain
>>   The Heliopolis Institute Egypt  Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum
>> Zimbabwe  Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan  Korean Progressive Network
>> Jinbonet South Korea
>>   Movimento Mega Brazil  Instituto Bem Estar Brasil Brazil  Vrijschrift
>> Netherlands
>> Instituto Beta para Internet e Democracia - IBIDEM Brazil  The Agency
>> League of Musicians US  Digitale Gesellschaft Germany  Integrating
>> Livelihoods through Communication Information Technology for Africa
>> Uganda  Protege Qv Cameroon  Fundacion Karisma Colombia
>> --
>>    *Josh Levy*
>> Advocacy Director
>> Access | accessnow.org
>> tel: + 1 917 609 6523 <%2B%201%20917%20609%206523> | @levjoy
>> PGP: 0x84C9F275
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>> *Join the Access team - *we're hiring
>> <https://www.accessnow.org/about/jobs>!
> --
>    *Josh Levy*
> Advocacy Director
> Access | accessnow.org
> tel: + 1 917 609 6523 | @levjoy
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