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report - International Council on Human Rights Policy

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Internet Bill of Rights: Why a "dividing line"? 2 Replies

Started by Joel G. Last reply by Joel G Jun 19, 2009.

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Comment by Aly Anis on April 20, 2011 at 2:52pm
It is really nice to join this group. I hope to learn and be benefecial.
Comment by Wolf Ludwig on August 7, 2009 at 9:43pm
I don't know whether the info has spread already but according to Max we will have a IGRP on Sunday 13 Sept. 09 PM - just before the next EuroDIG - in Geneva.
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on February 19, 2009 at 2:11pm
Max Senges, Prof. Capurro andDr. Nageborn have started an exploratory survey on values on the internet (as a first step to have some data to develop a research proposal).

If Internet Rights and Principles are important to you, this is a good way to have some input and share ideas. The survey is short, so please take a moment to fill it out. Tx.


Saludos, Ginger
Comment by Charity Gamboa-Embley on December 21, 2008 at 3:59pm
Max, regarding the session on "MAINSTREAMING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE WORK OF THE IG," I was particularly interested with A2K and Human Rights. I am an educator and I am an advocate of free access to educational resources. I think the main contention in this particular issue is about adapting a rights-based approach. Should we look into this issue at a "country" perspective?

Most developing countries like the Philippines have few IP laws - mostly bordering on media piracy with very little focus on educational/scientific data protection. Plus, there is less competition on this aspect within developing countries compared to developed countries so access to such data would be easier.

On the other hand, developing countries are left in the dark and do lag behind in research. One particular instance is during a research activity of mine on successful e-commerce projects for developing countries, I was looking for relevant data on statistics of e-commerce projects in the MENA region. I was directed to one site (after several attempts of searching online) that has this relevant statistic and only to find out after reading the summary that I was required to pay to access a very short data, as it was copyrighted and all. I was disgusted as I had thought that such information should be made public. I emailed the site about requesting access for a research work and appealed if I should just be allowed to view it for free as I would also acknowledge the author and publisher. They responded again and I told that they cannot divulge the information until I pay, saying it was copyrighted. I got the same machine generated reply. Now that put me at a dead end and gave me more reason to curse.

So what happens now is that the pressure on the rights-based approach is more meaningful to countries with stricter IP laws? Who should be given more precedence in the rights-based approach? The users or creators of such data? These are questions I had wanted concrete answers. Or maybe I just missed those?

But then I knew this issue with regards to A2K has been more on restrictions due to IP laws. During the OECD Ministerial Meeting and CS Forum last June 2008, it was declared by the CS that:

Promotion of Access to Knowledge: We support open access to government-funded scientific and scholarly works and endorse the OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data. We support the OECD Recommendation for Enhanced Access and More Effective Use of Public Information. OECD countries should oppose extensions of copyright terms and private ownership of essential knowledge and cultural information that can be made available on the Internet. We recommend that the OECD undertake a study on the importance of copyright exceptions for education, libraries and archives, the disability community, and new innovative services. "

There is a limitation to this declaration though - it says OECD countries. Then again, what happens to those countries who are not members of OECD? That is why I was particularly engrossed with the rights-based approach taking into a country perspective in these cases.

Please do correct me if I am wrong in my assumptions. :)
Comment by Charity Gamboa-Embley on December 21, 2008 at 2:51pm
Thanks Max...will check the links you posted. Merry Christmas! :)
Comment by Atty. Elias Laurente Espinoza on December 21, 2008 at 2:41pm
thank you Max for the quick response to my comment. i will check it. happy holidays!
Comment by max senges on December 21, 2008 at 2:35pm
Hi Elias & Charity

I think the best doc to get a feel for what the IBR coalition is about is still the mission & vision - http://ibr-beta.cpsr.org/node/7

and we prepared a report on our two workshops @ http://ibr-beta.cpsr.org/node/43

in order to find out about what we are doing check our action lines @ http://ibr-beta.cpsr.org/node/44

you are more than welcome to come and take the initiative that interests you forward!

best max
Comment by Atty. Elias Laurente Espinoza on December 21, 2008 at 11:06am
I attended the forum on internet bill of rights but the discussion was not substantial. in fact, during the forum there were more questions than answers or solution to the proposition. when we talk of internet bill of rights do the rights refer to the internet or the internet users?
Comment by Charity Gamboa-Embley on December 10, 2008 at 12:08pm
I attended two sessions on the Bill of Rights but as I was always catching with other sessions I was late and would get lost in the discussions. Just bits and pieces here and there. I would love to read session materials. Are there any written reports about the sessions during the IGF? Thanks.
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on November 15, 2008 at 9:47pm
Max Senges has sent this invitation:

I will give an introductory class about what the Internet Bill of Rights coalition is and what our goals are. It is going to be this Friday 21st. Nov. at 9am PST (18.00 MET) to participate just go to http://apps.facebook.com/supercool/sc_classes/show/292 (you need to have a facebook account and add supercool school to your applications).

It's a live class where i go through a presentation (with a video and audio stream from me) and chat interaction with the participants.

Please invite friends and colleagues who are interested, but dont really know what the IBR is and how to participate.

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