Session: Human Rights: A Unifying Approach for Development, Freedom, Access and Diversity?

Time: 
Thu, 2011-09-29 11:00 - 12:30

Concise Description:
From network neutrality to critical internet resources’ policies on law enforcement; from ICT4D to mobile connectivity; from surveillance, data protection, and privacy to protecting internet access for all; from freedom of expression and association to protecting human rights defenders and promoting social movements. Building on previous IGFs and looking ahead new issues continue to emerge. Increasingly, these issues affect human rights advocates resulting in human rights violations including interference with freedoms of expression and association, unlawful arrest and detention, harassment and extra-legal surveillance. At the same time human rights and internet regulatory environments vary widely, particularly among developed and developing countries, in the global south and for different groups (women, disabled people, sexual minorities, and indigenous people).

Yet the mechanisms for linking these issues remain largely unexplored. Where do existing human rights and internet user complaints mechanisms fit? Is there a need for a new human rights mechanism? If so, how could this be explored? The workshop ask diverse participants to:
• explore internet rights as human rights with a focus on freedom of expression and freedom of association
• consider existing mechanisms and how these interface with the internet
• consider whether new mechanisms are needed in relation to internet rights
Panel Format
Introduction
Co-Chairs: Anriette Esterhuysen (APC) and Johan Hallenborg (Swedish Foreign Ministry)
5 mins
Shahzad Ahmad (Pakistan) and Honey Tan (Malaysia):
• What internet rights violations are human rights defenders facing? What strategies do they use to seek accountability?
10 mins
Bidi Bala (Nigeria) and Anja Kovacs (India):
• Can restricting or shutting off internet access ever be a legitimate remedy? What’s the difference between doing this for intellectual property rights violations, for ‘national security reasons’, or to penalise for online child pornography offences?
• How do these issues relate to internet governance?
10 mins
Open discussion and questions from the floor
6 mins
Patrick Ryan (Google) and Jeff Brueggeman (AT&T)
• What are the various forms of remedies and accountability in the private sector?
• How well do these work?
• Are human rights taken into account when designing complaints systems and consumer remedies?
• How do these issues relate to internet governance?
10 mins
Open discussion and questions from the floor:
• Consumer perspectives: Jeremy Malcolm
6 mins
Romulo Neves (Brazil)
• What is needed for remedies, and other forms of accountability, to be effective?
• What roles do governments have and what is happening in Brazil?
5 mins
Johan Hallenborg:
• What other United Nations human rights discussions are taking place and how do these relate to internet governance?
5 mins
Open discussion and questions from the floor
6 mins
For all panelists:
• How can citizens know where to take their issues and concerns?
• Are there any new forms of accountability or types of remedies? Are these effective?
15 mins
Open discussion and questions from the floor
6 mins
Summary

From twitter...


asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @robertbodle: Frank La Rue “I believe all human rights are a proactive responsibility of the state, including freedom of expression.” #igf11 #155 #APC

2 years 48 weeks ago

Droidynen (Leena Romppainen)

RT @robertbodle: Frank La Rue “I believe all human rights are a proactive responsibility of the state, including freedom of expression.” #igf11 #155 #APC

2 years 48 weeks ago

robertbodle (Robert Bodle)

Frank La Rue “I believe all human rights are a proactive responsibility of the state, including freedom of expression.” #igf11 #155 #APC

2 years 48 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @robertbodle: @internetrights Sounded like Brazilian gov supports APC's suggestion of #HumanRights as main theme at next year’s IGF! #igf11 #155 #APC

2 years 48 weeks ago

robertbodle (Robert Bodle)

@internetrights Sounded like Brazilian gov supports APC's suggestion of #HumanRights as main theme at next year’s IGF! #igf11 #155 #APC

2 years 48 weeks ago

robertbodle (Robert Bodle)

RT @asteris: #igf11 #95 Cerf on #anonymity for activists on some services; does this mean Google+ will reconsider real name only? #155

2 years 48 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @robertbodle: Q: @psrlaw – What about Google+ real name only (no pseudonym) policy endangering #humanrights defenders, activists, journalists? #igf11 #155

2 years 48 weeks ago

robertbodle (Robert Bodle)

Q: @psrlaw – What about Google+ real name only (no pseudonym) policy endangering #humanrights defenders, activists, journalists? #igf11 #155

2 years 48 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @robertbodle: Internet rights are #humanrights – need to build capacity to build inter-judicial cooperation via multi-stakeholder activism #igf11 #155

2 years 48 weeks ago

robertbodle (Robert Bodle)

Internet rights are #humanrights – need to build capacity to build inter-judicial cooperation via multi-stakeholder activism #igf11 #155

2 years 48 weeks ago