UNESCO INTERNET CONFERENCE, 3-4 March 2015

Session 9: Freedom of Expression and Privacy, 4 March 2015; 9.30-10.50am.

This report hopefully captures the main themes and points for further discussion. An almost live transcript of the session can be found on the live blog link at Internet Rights and Principles Coalition website.

This panel considered the legal, technical, and political practicalities that emerge when the right to privacy and freedom of information are considered as interrelated; it discussed the differences in stakes, levels of action and of analysis at this intersection of fundamental freedoms online alongside their consequences in practical terms for ordinary internet users, content producers on the web, activists, and media professionals.

Internet Rights and Principles DC: Stocktaking statement IGF 2014  

The 2014 Istanbul IGF came at one of the most significant moments in the IRPC’s contribution to IGF outcomes since the coalition began its work with the IRPC Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet at the 2009 IGF meeting in Egypt. A very successful set of workshops in this week culminated with the IRPC meetings and workshops:

Internet Rights & Principles Dynamic Coalition – UN Internet Governance Forum: 2013 Annual Report

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.

Towards a Human Internet? Rules, Rights, and Responsibilities for Our Online Future

This workshop, organized by the IGF Internet Rights and Principles Coalition and the Council of Europe, focused on a selection of practical scenarios around internet infrastructure design, access, content provision, and use in the context of human rights. The workshop was an interactive, bottom-up session that drew on audience experiences and expertise.