We believe that Internet rights are Human rights

The Internet is a media, a tool, a space but most of all it is a HUMAN RIGHT that each and everyone need to enjoy everywhere. We explore the intersection of Internet rights and human rights, globally and locally. We talk and advocate for anonymity, privacy, affordable access, alternatives to copy right. We promote a feminist Internet and many more issues.

Internet Governance, Accountability & Human Rights

Author: Emilie Di Grazia At One World Platform, we believe that the Internet is a media, a tool, space but most of all it is a human right that each and every one needs to enjoy everywhere. We explore the intersection of Internet rights and human rights, globally and locally. Understanding the international human rights standards is the first step in having a human rights-based approach to the internet. So let’s recap in simple terms: Not only the internet is a right, it enables the realization of others human rights. It means that we should all, without discrimination, have access to the internet, without interference, unless there is a legitimate danger to the nation, and the interference must only be proportionate to the danger – and temporary. Should this interference be unjustified, States have the duty to make sure that the right is restored, whether they’d be responsible, or not. Nevertheless, it is perhaps easier on paper than in reality. When it comes to the cyberspace, it becomes particularly complicated, as it is not regulated by anyone, but rather is regulated by all of us: every country has a certain control over “their” digital space, but only to a certain degree – but no one can control the entire cyberspace. This has led to, unfortunately, the facilitation of serious human rights violations – perhaps most obviously for the right to privacy, freedom of expression and security of person. The main idea is, the internet is an open, distributed, interconnected and transnational instrument – perhaps one of the most democratic international platform for all human beings. Indeed, think about it –...

So What About My Human Rights? Understanding the International Human Rights Framework

Author: Emilie Di Grazia We often hear about the EU or the UN and non-governmental organizations, known commonly as NGOs, fussing around about human rights and decrying the lack of human rights implementation and respect. It has become part of everyone’s speech, yet, its history, or what it actually means to have these rights, is something we often don’t engage with. It’s precisely what this entry is about. Let’s go back to the basics – so that we can understand how it relates to the digital world. THE FUNDAMENTALS Eleanor Roosevelt, December 9th, 1948 – Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed in Paris by the UN General Assembly on December 10th, 1948.  I don’t know for you, but, I haven’t found my own human rights just standing there in the street, waiting for it to be seized. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it would be nice if human rights were respected and everyone was equal without having to fight for it. The reality is, however, that human rights need to be routinely proclaimed, protected and fulfilled. This is why the international human rights framework has been traditionally understood as having «rights holders » and « duty-bearers. » So where to find our human rights? I won’t bore you with history, but introducing what is often referred to as the International Bill of Human Rights, constituted of three international legal instruments, is quite fundamental to the rest of the story. First, and perhaps best known, is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the nascent United Nations on December...

Connecting the dots: Human Rights and the Internet

Author: Emilie Di Grazia Human rights are on everyone’s lips. From the eternal optimists to the perpetual skeptics, everyone has its opinion on them – and in the digital age, everyone’s favourite medium to voice them are on the internet. However, human rights can (and too often do) remain pretty words on a piece of paper. The respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights need concrete actions (or, as we will see, non–action). In the legal framework, these obligations fall upon the States. Human rights international instruments have been written and accepted in a time where the internet still remain an utopian idea, along those flying cars that I’m still waiting for. Thankfully, the Mothers and Fathers of human rights did not disappoint and had foresight: human rights were thought in terms to include the new human and technical developments that would come in the future, particularly when it regards to Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It is up to us, however, to make sure that human rights are “translated” for the digital world. In other words, connecting the dots between human rights and the internet. Why should we connect them? There is a variety of reasons, but two stand out : We, meaning every human beings, without discrimination of any kind, have the same human rights online as we do offline. “Rights”, like any legal system, even the bizarre international one, refers to freedoms and entitlements granted to individuals. Historically, rights have been linked to citizenship, in other words, whether you are a member of a State entity – The ground-breaking particularity of human rights is that it transcends...

Freedom on the Net

Freedom House, a U.S. based government funded non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights published its report on internet freedom “Freedom on the Net 2017”. Each year we see an increase in physical and technical attacks on human rights defenders, journalists and independent media, shutdowns of mobile internet service for alleged political or security reasons and an overall decline in internet freedom. According to the report, nearly 3.4 billion people have access to the internet and only less than one-quarter of users have no major obstacles to access, onerous restrictions on content, or serious violations of user rights in the form of unchecked surveillance or unjust repercussions for legitimate speech. Manipulating social media, fake news phenomenon, automated “bot”accounts, restrictions on virtual private networks, banning encrypted communication and other activities by governments around the globe are seriously endangering democracy and civic activism. It is concluded that in addition to manipulating online content, governments also target mobile connectivity usually in areas populated by minority ethnic or religious groups, block live-streaming applications and arrest those who are trying to broadcast abuse during political protests, use cyberattacks as a way of controlling opposition politicians, human rights defenders, independent blogs and news websites. These manipulation and disinformation tactics which play an important part in elections around the world are creating societies more vulnerable to disinformation. Once again, China takes the first place in abusing internet freedom. Government critics were sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on the account of publishing articles on overseas websites. In July 2017 the world reacted to the news about death...

Giswatch 2017 – National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives

Introduction This report is focuses on the Bosnia and Herzegovina Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the primary platform for internet governance discussions in the country. It suggests how the IGF offers a vital platform for consensus building in a country troubled by political and ethnic divisions. Policy, economic and political background Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small country located in South East Europe. It gained independence in 1992, and shortly after that the country entered into a period of armed conflict (1992-1995). The armed conflict ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace agreement in December 1995, which forms part of the current Constitution. Bosnia and Herzegovina is described as a post-conflict, transitional country where society and state are divided along ethnic lines into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republica Srpska and Brčko District. However, the reconciliation and recovery process in the country is ongoing and new perspectives are becoming more and more important. In this context, the Bosnia and Herzegovina IGF2 is a fresh new start. As a multistakeholder event, it is based on listening to what diverse stakeholders have to say, including government, business, civil society, the technical community, academia and the media. Every opinion is important, and in this sense we consider the IGF a “real democracy”, a space which Bosnia and Herzegovina needs. At the beginning of our collaboration… The Bosnia and Herzegovina IGF was started two years ago with the intention of promoting cooperation and collaboration between different stakeholders, and to have an impact on internet governance at a policy-making level. This is an important aim in a country where political instability can...
I grew up with the understanding that the world I lived in was one where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with each other in privacy, without it being monitored, without it being measured or analyzed or sort of judged by these shadowy figures or systems, any time they mention anything that travels across public lines.
Edward Snowden

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

Aaron Swartz