the Open Consultations of the
UN Internet Goverance Forum
Mr. Chairman, thank you for organizing this multi-stakeholder forum and
for permitting a robust dialogue on these important Internet governance
I speak on behalf of IP Justice, an international civil liberties
organization based in San Francisco.
Mr. Chairman, one of the primary focuses of Internet Governance Forum
should be on protecting and promoting civil liberties in
cyberspace. As United Nations project, the global public interest
must be paramount.
1. Freedom of Expression
I’d like to underscore and draw attention to UN Declaration of Human
Rights Article 19 that guarantees freedom of expression in every medium
and regardless of frontiers. Here before us, we have an
opportunity to put in action the words agreed to 50 years ago.
2. Privacy Rights
Consumers are most concerned about the loss of their privacy rights due
to technological advances such as the Internet. We must look at
the privacy implications of every issue that IGF addresses. I
would like to draw attention to substantive submission of Council of
Europe, which recognized the inter-relationship of human rights and
3. Balanced Intellectual Property Rights
Recognize that intellectual property rights rules have become paramount
relevance in online world and any serious discussion about Internet
Governance must look at the balance between IPR and the public rights
to access information. The inherent tension between freedom of
expression and intellectual property rights in cyberspace must be
4. Development Agenda for Internet Governance
Member States at WIPO have undertaken a ‘Development Agenda’ at WIPO to
reform WIPO’s policies and practices to better reflect the global
public interest and encourage development among poorer
countries. IGF should likewise undertake a Development
Agenda and commit to examining the development aspects into all of the
policy issues IGF deals with. Support comments of UNESCO this
morning on this point.
5. Access to Knowledge
The Internet is an unprecedented opportunity to provide information and
knowledge to the world’s most disadvantaged. IGF should encourage
the Internet as powerful educational tool and develop policies that
ensure these qualities are not hampered, but expanded.
Let us recognize this as a significant opportunity to promote the
Internet for human development, enhance democracy, individual freedom,
universal education, and access to knowledge.
Let us resist the urge for the IGF to mainly focus on perceived
"threats" of the Internet. but rather, recognize that efforts to curb
cyber-crime and beef-up cyber-security always involve issues of civil
I would like to draw attention to 2002 OECD Guidelines for Security of
Information Systems and Networks: Towards a Culture of Security - which
recognize that any aim to develop a global culture of security must
bear in mind and preserve important society values such as privacy and
In summary, each issue IGF deals with must address the civil liberties
and development implications of those issues.
IP Justice supports UNESCO’s comment this morning that these policy
issues don’t exist in isolation to each other – they often
overlap. Dealing with cyber-crime and cyber-security as a higher
priority than civil liberties issues such as freedom of expression and
privacy rights would be an inappropriate approach to take that will
inevitably leave the civil liberties concerns inadequately
addressed. Not only would we miss the opportunity to do some good
in the world, but we would end up harming the global public
interest. We must not let that happen.
We reserve the right to control our individual experience of intellectual property.
Creators deserve to be compensated.
We reserve our right to make private copies of lawfully acquired intellectual property.
Technology and information that enable the exercise of rights should be lawful.
"Copy Rights" come with "Copy Responsibilities."