Teaching the Internet Governance Leaders of Tomorrow, the name of Summer
School on Internet Governance, indicated on the great five days, for
someone who recently engaged in Internet Governance process, as well as
for those known as an experts in that field. The 4th Summer School was
held, traditionally, in Meissen July 25-31, 2010. 33 students and 27
faculty members gathered in Meissen in order to discuss IG issues.
Variety of students imposed variety of their fields of specific
interests, but for all of them is a common only one, and it's IG.
What was the most interesting for me in Meissen, happened on Wednesday.
That was the day I'd been waiting for. On the agenda were human rights.
Prof. Doria and prof. Benedek presented jointly the most important
issues concerning Human Rights and Internet Governance. Firstly prof.
Doria gave us an overview about some basic points when it comes to human
rights. What does that mean, which international documents deal with
those issues and what is the relation between Internet and human rights.
After her presentation, prof. Benedek focused on the issue which human
rights should be taken into account in order to regulate the Internet
and how much regulation does cyberspace need. The most interesting part
of his presentation was when he explained the initiative of the Dynamic
Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles to submit a draft Charter of
Human Rights and Principles on the Internet. For someone who was
involved in that process it was very interesting to see how the current
version of the Charter looks like. Furthermore, prof. Benedek mentioned
some new rights that could be included in the Charter, such as online
human trafficking. I was wondering what would that be and on the
afternoon's workshop professor explained that in his opinion that could
be a right not to be exposed on the Internet, the slavery and harm
aspect of that.
Beside studying and discussing, the summer school was great opportunity
for meeting people that are interested in IG. We had a great time during
excursions in Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, boat trip and the gala
dinner. Although we had to sing our national songs and all of us
thought 'Oh, my God!', we all survived.
It was great and I hope to see my new friends soon!