The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRP Coalition) of the UN Internet Governance Forum applaud the release of the NZ Green Party’s Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill for public consultation. The IRF Bill is a pioneering project for the internet in New Zealand to ensure that the protection and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms online are tangible and enforceable by law.
The National Institute of Human Rights (INDH by its Spanish acronym) was established in Chile by law in 2009. The Institute publishes information regarding up-and-coming topics, and its last research project, which I had the opportunity and honor to collaborate on, focused on ‘’Internet and Human Rights’’.
This latest piece addresses a variety of topics: it begins with a historical overview of the Internet and an explanation of the basic aspects of communications infrastructure and Internet infrastructure. Next, it briefly elaborates on matters currently relevant: access to the Internet as a human right or, as a facilitator of human rights.
2013 In Review. This report is an overview of the IRP Coalition’s activities and output for 2013.
Summary: This year of activities and output around human rights for the online environment confirm the
(i) Formative work being done by the coalition on addressing Internet Governance Principles in a Human Rights framework that is based on international legal standards;
(ii) Proactive and substantive contributions to multistakeholder meetings on topics of the day such as surveillance and privacy (Lisbon EuroDIG Flash Panel), disability rights, and access issues for disadvantaged groups at the EuroDIG and 2013 IGF meetings
(iii) IRP Coalition’s substantive contributions to the first part of the WSIS+10 process as part of the UNESCO meeting outcomes
(iv) Cumulative positive effects of outreach and collaborative work the coalition has undertaken with other IGF Dynamic Coalitions (Gender DC, Public Access in Libraries DC, Accessibility and Disability DC) and other actors such as ICANN, the Council of Europe, eco (Germany), civil society networks such as the Internet Governance Caucus, Best Bits, Global Partners, and Hivos, and research networks such as Giganet and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
(v) Increasing recognition of the role that the IRP Coalition has played and can continue to play in ongoing negotiations and consultations around internet governance principles and human rights in established UN based multistakeholder venues, and other domains such as regional IGFs, the Council of Europe, and ICANN.
November 25, 2013 To Mr. Paulo Bernardo Silva, Minister of Communications – Minicom; Mr. Virgilio Almeida, Secretary for Information Technology Policy at the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation – MCTI; Mr. Valdir Simão, Special Assessor for the Presidency; Emb. Benedicto Fonseca, Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Minister of […]
November 25, 2013 To Mr. Paulo Bernardo Silva, Minister of Communications – Minicom; Mr. Virgilio Almeida, Secretary for Information Technology Policy at the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation – MCTI; Mr. Valdir Simão, Special Assessor for the Presidency; Emb. Benedicto Fonseca, Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Minister of External […]