This meeting marks seven years since of the the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRPC) and the collaborative work on the IRPC Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet, a document which is now firmly grounded as a working document translated into 9 different languages and used across different stakeholders and around the world to make a clear impact in human rights advocacy for the Internet.
Considering that human rights should apply online as they do offline (UNHRC 2014), now is the time for concrete discussion on the roles and responsibilities of online service providers and regulators to ensure that human rights are protected and fulfilled in the online environment. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss local human rights issues and to work on concrete solutions that will protect human rights online.
The first half of the meeting will be a roundtable discussion co-organised by Amnesty International that assembles members of the IRPC, invited Human Rights experts and activists and online services providers representatives and will be covering issues such as cyber harassment and other emerging forms of techno-censorship - in particular the growing trend in orchestrated troll networks on Twitter - and how online service providers, regulators and civil society can manage these threats to ensure the protection of human rights online. A couple of case studies will be presented to open up the roundtable discussion
The second half will be the IRPC's Annual General Meeting.
PART I - Roundtable Discussion:
IRPC with Amnesty International
"When death threats go viral: defending human rights in the face of orchestrated harassment campaign on social media”
The panel will focus on the very concerning trend in Mexico, which is also emerging in other countries around the world. We will explore the problem and what can be done about it, looking at the role of social media companies in particular.
Marianne Franklin, IRPC
Isadora Hellegren, GigaNet