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July 24, 2012
Does Copyright Drive the Internet Freedom Debate (in the US)?
Yes. Or so says The Netizen Project in its update of a couple days ago talking about a new UNHCR resolution. UNHCR is the United Nations Human Rights Council and it has tabled a resolution with 85 co-sponsoring nations (including, shockingly, the US) that calls for for "promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet."
Of course, when the US says this sort of thing, they're inevitably thinking of things like the actions by dictators-we-no-longer-support in other parts of the world to sever their countries from the Net in order to further hide repression. I'm sure that the infringements of ACTA and its devil-spawned ilk don't register as human rights abuses. The Netizen project minces no words in this regard, calling out ACTA and the TPP among others and pointing out that Netizens in the US are as divided as the international community when it comes to the hard details of what exactly is meant by freedom and human rights online.
The page describes several ongoing efforts, including competing visions of what a Declaration of Internet Freedoms or Bill of Internet Rights might look like. Messy stuff, but that is, as they say, "...why we are so heavy on the public participation aspect." Maybe the US government could take some notice of that, too.
(h/t +Rebecca MacKinnon for the original pointer)
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