Human Rights for the Internet: From Principles to Action

02 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet and Human Rights


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.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Hanane Boujemi, Civil Society, HIVOS,
Marianne Franklin, Civil Society, Goldsmiths (University of London)/IRP Coalition (IGF)

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session

Other - Combined Roundtable and Group Work

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#netrights, #IRPC Charter, #humanrights, #IGprinciples

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

All speakers below have confirmed

Hanane Boujemi, HIVOS, Civil Society, Morocco

Eduardo Bertoni, CELE University of Palermo, Academic, Argentina,

Marianne Franklin, Goldsmiths/ IRP Coalition Co-Chair, Academic, Asia-Pacific,

Gabrielle Guillemin, Article 19, Europe, Civil Society,

Serhat Koc, Pirate Party of Turkey Movement, Civil Society, Turkey,

Silvia Grundmann, Secretary to the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Media and Information Society and Head of the Media Division, IGO, Europe

Charles McCathie Nevile, Yandex, Private Sector, Australia,

Gareth Hughes, NZ Green Party, Governmental, Asia-Pacific,

Helga Mieling, Austrian Minsitry of Transport, Innovation, and Technology, Governmental, Europe

Carlos Affonso Souza, Academic, Rio de Janeiro State University
Latin American Countries

Name of Moderator(s)

Robert Bodle, co-Chair IRPC/Assoc-Professor Mount St. Joseph University & Miami Universities.

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Deirdre Williams

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Format: Roundtable/Group Session: There are a number of participants in this session. The reasons for this approach are a) to generate interactivity and a wider range of participation, b) ensure interventions are brief, focused, and part of a conversation and c) generate a range and depth of focused actions points that can be incorporated into ongoing work around the IRPC Charter and work on the Charter itself.

Panel participants will be invited to lead the breakout groups in pairs. Before the meeting participants will confer and share their key themes.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Remote Participants will also be invited to provide examples and suggestions prior to the meeting and on the day. A facilitator on the floor will assist the Panel Moderator and Remote Participation Moderator to coordinate responses in a timely manner.

Background paper

background paper