[IRPCoalition] COVID19 and Human Rights. What are the impacts, opportunities and challenges posed by the pandemic on those working to uphold human rights online?

minda moreira mindamoreira at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 30 14:07:44 EEST 2020

Dear June, Timothy, all,

Thank you so much for your contributions! Putting the text together now, but still time to include more input.

Best wishes,

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I am concerned about 'global digital identity infrastructure' (alongside payments / economic platforms) coming about.

Re: "covid passports" my recommendation is to define a solution that for now uses a 'low-tech' solution, such as wristbands.

more work needs to be done in this area.

Timothy Holborn.

On Fri, 26 Jun 2020 at 20:19, June Parris <parrisjune51 at gmail.com<mailto:parrisjune51 at gmail.com>> wrote:
Dear Minda and All,

What I want to say about the COVID-19 outbreak is that is always a disaster waiting to happen. It did not surprise me at all. The entire world was becoming out of control, increased productivity, waste, impacts in the environment and something is bound to happen.

However, I welcomed curfews, as we suddenly had some sort of peace, although some would say that we were controlled by the state, for once, we were told what to do, how to live and we were obliged to follow, Suddenly crime rates fell, innovation happened, systems were updated, use of alternatives came into place as populations were forced to stay indoors in order to get co troll of the virus.

The sad thing is that young children m however, will now enter a world that is different, sad but important, they have to get used to wearing masks and isolation, not playing outdoors with friends and sanitising.

A lot of people have died and lost family members who died alone . But at the same time health care is now at the forefront of our society. Many did not appreciate the work that she is fists, medical teams, refuse collectors, undertakers, firefighters, all first response teams and essential services did. Hurrah. Other people were important. We came to realise that life was precious and that we need to clean the earth.

Some of my colleagues still cannot understand the link between the internet and the environment, with  COVID-19, hopefully we can prove that there is a link, we rely more now that ever on internet services, WiFi, phones and computers, this produces more waste, energy and disposal. It can also affect health, sitting in a computer all day, reduced eyesight, creates body pain, repetitive strain injury, use of pain relief, lack of Excercise, depression and change in family life. All affects the environment.


June Parris

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Subject: [IRPCoalition] COVID19 and Human Rights. What are the impacts, opportunities and challenges posed by the pandemic on those working to uphold human rights online?

Good morning all, and I hope you are keeping well.

During the last Dynamic Coalitions (DCs) meeting it was agreed that the DCs main session at this year's virtual IGF will address the COVID 19 pandemic and its impact on the work of the DCs.
All Dynamic Coalitions are requested to submit a substantive one page paper about how the pandemic affected their work, and the lesson learned through the pandemic by Tuesday 30th June.

Please feel free to share your experiences on how COVID 19 has impacted human rights in your community and the challenges posed by the pandemic on those working to uphold human rights online.
More info about the suggested structure of the session can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18C5DYJTjz6_OcpS0_EKVuKQiwp6UFG13hlqExBQ1MTI/edit
Dynamic Coaltion Main Session Proposal<https://docs.google.com/document/d/18C5DYJTjz6_OcpS0_EKVuKQiwp6UFG13hlqExBQ1MTI/edit>
This is a strawman proposal for collaborative work on the IGF DC main session for 2020 This document is shared as a blank page, for collaboration on suggestions on theme, sub-topics if any, session format (roundtable, panel, or new), and the role of DC Chairs and invited panelists, including sug...

The Dynamic Coalitions have also been collaborating in the review of DCs guidelines so that some requirements, such as reporting will easier to follow.

Finally, a thank you note to all of you who participated in the virtual EuroDIG making it such a great success. Plenary 4, co-organised with the IRPC and moderated by SC member Michael Oghia, was a very good session too, and we hope that the discussions started here will continue in November. For those who could not attend, I invite you to check it out: we have included the YouTube link in the IRPC website <https://internetrightsandprinciples.org>

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing weekend,

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