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

Dr. Alejandro Pisanty Baruch apisan at unam.mx
Tue May 12 22:39:48 EEST 2015


the locus of actual Network Neutrality violations, if they occur and can be identified according to national legislations and regulations, will be the ISPs.

While all efforts may contribute to a good purpose, specific action on the potential violators and the governments who may be promoting or tolerating the scheme are liable to be more effective, especially if in parallel to a global effort like this. Local action may be more difficult to ignore.

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Desde: IRP [irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] en nombre de Robert Bodle [irpbodle at gmail.com]
Enviado el: martes, 12 de mayo de 2015 13:24
Hasta: Marianne Franklin
CC: irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org
Asunto: Re: [IRPCoalition] Open letter to Zuckerberg re: Internet.org

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
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Adjunct Professor
Department of Media, Journalism and Film
Miami University
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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<mailto:m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>> wrote:
Dear IRP'ers

See below, and attached an open letter by Access that is addressed to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook about their internet.org<http://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.


On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Josh Levy <josh at accessnow.org<mailto: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
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