Session: Human Rights Come First: A Constitutional Moment for Internet Governance

Time: 
Tue, 2011-09-27 09:00 - 10:30
Tags: 
igf144

Concise Description:
The 1st phase of the World Summit on the Information Society ended in 2003 with the enunciation of the Geneva Declaration of Principles. Since then, there have been various initiatives in different parts of the world and by different actors to affirm some of the fundamental guiding principles for Internet policy-making and Internet governance. The Leaders of the Group of Eight acknowledged at the end of May 2011 some key principles in relation to the Internet, including openness, transparency and freedom of the Internet and underlined that their implementation must be included in a broader framework. The Council of Europe is currently working to finalise a set of ten Internet governance principles which place emphasis on human rights, democracy and rule of law as well as on the basic tenets of the Internet communities, including multi-stakeholder governance, decentralised management and others. The Vice President of the European Commission Mrs Neelie Kroes proposed recently, in June of this year a Compact for the Internet, which should include the Internet’s imperative features that must be preserved, i.e. the Internet essentials. The OECD members agreed in June 2011 on a number of basic principles for Internet policy-making as a step in ensuring that the Internet remains open and dynamic.

Over the last years there have also been bottom-up and multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the IRP Dynamic Coalition’s 10 Internet Rights and Principles and the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet. The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee has agreed in 2009 on Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet.

The Internet governance dialogue seems to be entering a new phase, in which the central question is not who should govern the Internet and in which process, but what are the core values of Internet governance, what are the high level principles of the Internet. Ideas, principles and values of what seems to be a progressive and future-looking movement are gaining support, being scrutinised by stakeholders and becoming part of the political agendas. Is this the start of a “constitutional moment” for Internet governance and policy-making? What are the fundamental values that should inform Internet policy-making and that should constrain Internet governance arrangements?

The objective of this workshop is to promote an understanding of Internet governance based on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and basic values of democracy and rule of law. Similarities and differences of approaches and perspectives will be discussed.

From twitter...


antoniospadaro (Antonio Spadaro SJ)

Web in sciopero per le norme antipirateria Usa: il commento di padre Spadaro su Radio Vaticana http://t.co/xFaSTC0b #igf11 #144 #igfitalia11

2 years 31 weeks ago

ellenstrickland (Ellen I Strickland)

How do we get *effective* participation from developing countries at these meetings?#IGF11 #IG4D

2 years 47 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @ellenstrickland: Getting local African values and views into 'open' fora still very limited by funding, power issues #IGF11 #231 #IG4D #importantreminder

2 years 47 weeks ago

ellenstrickland (Ellen I Strickland)

Getting local African values and views into 'open' fora still very limited by funding, power issues #IGF11 #231 #IG4D #importantreminder

2 years 47 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @modulomathy: Sabine Verheyen, Parliamentarians panel: "We have to transfer ... the common rules for our daily life" to the Internet #IGF11 #125 #IG4D

2 years 47 weeks ago

modulomathy (Burt Kaliski Jr.)

Sabine Verheyen, Parliamentarians panel: "We have to transfer ... the common rules for our daily life" to the Internet #IGF11 #125 #IG4D

2 years 47 weeks ago

igfspain (igf)

RT @sgdickinson: Swedish participant: highlights UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur's report on H. rights & Net http://t.co/RwDMfCiD #IGF11 #144

2 years 47 weeks ago

curtiskj (Kimberly Curtis)

RT @asteris: Morning crowd: 6th Internet Governance Forum Day 2 #storify http://sfy.co/IBQ plus resources #igf11 #igf144 Day 3 starts in a minute

2 years 47 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

Morning crowd: 6th Internet Governance Forum Day 2 #storify http://sfy.co/IBQ plus resources #igf11 #igf144 Day 3 starts in a minute

2 years 47 weeks ago

JannaQ (Janna Q. Anderson)

RT @FreedomHouseDC: RT @asteris: 11th Internet Governance Forum Day 2 #storify http://sfy.co/IBQ plus resources, minus morning tweets #igf11 #igf144

2 years 47 weeks ago