Tuesday, September 2 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS83: Human Rights for the Internet: From Principles to Action [CB]

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Human Rights for the Internet: From Principles to Action

A seachange has taken place as national legislatures and intergovernmental organizations now recognize that they have human rights responsibilities online as well as offline, e.g. the UN Human Rights Council resolution (2012), the successful passage into law of the rights-based Marco Civil for the Internet in Brazil (2014), the launching of the New Zealand Greens’ Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill (2014), and the central role given to human rights as part of Internet governance processes in the NETmundial Outcome Document (2014). These developments underscore the achievements of Civil Society Organizations, global networks of engaged academics, grassroots groups, and digital activists, and courageous individuals who have been working to raise awareness about human rights online, and how they impact on Internet governance agendas. This work has been gathering momentum since the IGF began, inspired by earlier precedents. It includes research and campaigns around specific human rights concerns for the online environment, e.g. privacy and freedom of expression, alongside cross-sector collaborations to generate authoritative human rights frameworks for decisions on how we design, access, and use the Internet.

In light of how these aspirations have become actions, the workshop brings together representatives from initiatives that (i) link their work in this area to the IRPC Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet, and (ii) those initiatives that underpin and develop the objectives and content of the IRPC Charter. All participants have contributed to this wider historic recognition of the formative role that international human rights law and norms play in the future of global Internet governance. It is also a workshop that is taking place in the “post-Snowden” context of Internet governance decision-making, which throws up a number of pressing issues around inclusiveness and participation, rule of law, jurisdiction, technical standards, and the ongoing need to educate and raise awareness about rights and fundamental freedoms in the online world. The accent is on bringing to the discussion current examples of how each project represented here has been implementing human rights issues for the Internet, for which constituency and for what purpose. We will address achievements as well as tackle the particular obstacles and opportunities that each initiative encounters. We will share knowledge and brainstorm ways forward. We also consider those sections of the IRPC Charter that need updating or reconsideration in light of the changing context of human rights and Internet governance discussions across stakeholder groups and terrains.

This workshop marks the next step in the “Charter 2.0” project set in motion at the Bali IGF now that the IRPC Charter has proven its worth at the level of national legislatures, grassroots awareness-raising, and global campaigns to call public and private Internet service providers to account in how they ensure human rights online can be protected and enjoyed. It links to two other workshops co-organized by the IRP Coalition that flesh out the details of rights-based Internet governance principles at the individual and process level.

Agenda: The session will be divided into two parts: 1) brief panellist interventions and audience Q&A, 2) Break-out groups led by panellists to brainstorm, and where appropriate take part in some “policy-jamming” on specific points. Remote Participants will also be invited to provide examples and suggestions to the panellists about how they can move their work forward.

Outcomes: All participants will take away with them at least one concrete recommendation or insight from the session for their work. The session itself will also generate 3-6 concrete recommendations for further action that apply to all participants.

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Robert Bodle

Co-Chair, Internet Rights and Principles Coalition
Robert Bodle (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is associate professor of communication and new media studies at Mount St. Joseph University and Adjunct Professor of Media and Culture at Miami University. He has published extensively on the ethical and human rights implications... Read More →

Dixie Hawtin

Programme Lead, Global Partners Digital
Dixie Hawtin is a programme lead at Global Partners Digital, where she has managed a number of projects aiming to build greater global South civil society influence on internet policies at the national, regional and global level through research, outreach, training and advocacy. She... Read More →


Eduardo Bertoni

Eduardo Bertoni (Phd, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. He was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission... Read More →
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Hanane Boujemi

Senior Manager Internet Governance Programme MENA Region, Hivos
Manager of Hivos’ MENA region programme on Internet Governance. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the programme in the Arab region. •Develop and implement programs and activities to build capacity on Internet Governance and policy among civil society organizations... Read More →

Silvia Grundmann

Silvia Grundmann works for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as Head of the Media Division in the Information Society Department of the Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law. She holds both German law degrees with distinction, followed by a Master of Common Law from Georgetown... Read More →

Gabrielle Guillemin

Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19
Gabrielle is Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation based in London. She has been leading the organisation's work on internet policy issues since 2011. She is a member of the UK Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG) and... Read More →

Gareth Hughes

Gareth grew up in Gisborne, before moving to Wellington to study Religious Studies, History and Politics. Gareth lives in Wellington with his wife Meghan and their two young children, Arlo and Zoe. He has previously worked for Greenpeace, sailing on the Rainbow Warrior and in 2009... Read More →
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Internet Rights and Principles Coalition/Amnesty International

The Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRPC) is an open network of individuals and organizations committed to making the Internet work for human rights, based on the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet: Amnesty International is a global movement... Read More →

Serhat Koç

Founding Partner, Guneli & Koc Law Firm
Av. Serhat KOÇ, LL.M. IT Güneli & Koç Hukuk Bürosu Kurucu Ortağı Av. Serhat Koç, kurucusu olduğu Güneli & Koç Hukuk Bürosu bünyesinde çeşitli sektörlerden şirketlere bilgi teknolojileri hukuku ve fikri mülkiyet hukuku alanlarında uzmanlaşmış danışmanlık... Read More →

Helga Mieling

Helga MIELING Helga is Director at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology for international and European affairs of innovation. She is a lawyer and political scientist, regularly participating in the IGF since 2009.She was responsible for the Austrian... Read More →

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Tuesday September 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EEST
Workshop Room 09 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 6)

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