Author: Robert Bodle

Workshop #276: Rights Issues for Disadvantaged Groups

This workshop set out to address particular challenges for disadvantaged groups in enjoying a “people centered, inclusive and development-oriented information society” on the Internet. And it proposed ways of meeting these challenges in support of universal access, effective use, and specialized services for disadvantaged populations that include: the physically disabled, non-technical and oral cultures, and the digitally disadvantaged within rural and remote communities.
Five participants were asked to make brief introductory statements indicating the context and circumstances for their own groups, focusing on specific cases and examples of how disability and/or marginalization affect access and use of the internet.

Workshop #99: Charting the Charter

This round table session explored the opportunities and challenges for upholding human rights standards on the internet using the IRP Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet (http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/site/charter/). In tandem with the session on Disabilities and Indigenous rights this session aims to:
Address a number of human rights – moving beyond freedom of expression and privacy – to consider the IRP Charter provisions for socio-economic rights, education, women’s rights and rights of the visually impaired in the online environment.
Provide an assessment of the implementation of human rights standards on the internet to date.
Feed recommendations in to the IRP Coalition initiative to create a final version of the IRP Charter (in terms of substance, process, and uses of the document in practice)

A set of human rights and principles for the Internet

Here are some brief, and rather belated thoughts and observations from the 2014 UK IGF (http://ukigf.org.uk/events/) and the workshop session in IG Principles where the EC “Internet Policy and Governance – Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet governance” (COM(2014) 72/4) was on the table for responses

New publication: Internet & Human Rights

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.

Fixing the Internet? Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum

Dr Catherine Easton (@EastonCatherine) reflects on the Internet Governance Forum 2013, an event which occurred in the shadow of the Snowden leaks, saw China lecturing the United States about its surveillance policies, but which also demonstrated the passion and commitment of many delegates and groups in the face of increasing corporate and State control of the Internet.
The 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (http://igf2013.or.id/about-igf-2013 ) was held in Bali, Indonesia in October. The IGF is an annual event established by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006 following a mandate initiated at the World Summit on the Information Society (http://www.itu.int/wsis/index.html) OK, so what does this mean? It is a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together representatives from government, businesses, academia and civil society to engage in open dialogue on the rules and principles governing the Internet. As a novice IGF attendee I was keen to learn how this initiative worked in practice and to try to gauge its relevance in shaping the Internet’s development.

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.

Joint civil society letter on appointment of representatives to Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

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 […]

Joint civil society letter on appointment of representatives to Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

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 […]

IRP Coalition Chairs & Steering Committee

Co-Chairs (2013) Marianne Franklin (2012-2014), Academic/Civil Society, New Zealand Matthias Kettemann (2011-2013), Academic, Germany Steering Committee Jaco Aizenman, Technical, Costa Rica Allon Bar, Academic/Civil Society, Netherlands Robert Bodle, Academic, USA Norbert Bollow, Technical/Civil Society, Switzerland Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza, Academic, Brazil Michael Gurstein, Civil Society, Canada Dixie Hawtin, Civil Society, UK Shaila Rao Mistry, […]

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