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Euro SSIG 2010 - The spirit of Meissen

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!


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