Internet rights should be more prominent in IGF

There’s some concern that basic human rights to free expression, privacy, and other civil liberties might be getting pushed too far away from the center of the UN Internet Governance Forum’s (IGF) meeting agenda. The IGF will meet in Hyderabad, India the first week of December this year, and the Secretariat has just published a draft agenda. The agenda is very heavy on security concerns and weak on individual rights protection. A coalition of groups promoting an “Internet bill of rights” has sent a letter to the Secretariat complaining that “rather than promoting positive discussion about how to expand the opportunities that the Internet offers for realizing our fundamental rights and freedoms as enshrined in international law, the title of the main security theme plays on negativity and fear of the Internet.” That letter was endorsed by the civil society Internet Governance Caucus, which IGP participates in.

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