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Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.001.0001

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Mobilizing for Net Rights

Mobilizing for Net Rights

The IRPC Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet

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(p.72) Chapter Five Mobilizing for Net Rights
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Strategies for Media Reform
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M. I. Franklin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.003.0005

This chapter introduces the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet and Ten Internet Rights and Principles (IRP Coalition 2011, 2013). Under the leadership of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition at the UN Internet Governance Forum, the IRPC Charter is the outcome of a cross-sector collaboration between civil society organizations, human rights experts, scholars, and representatives from the (inter-) governmental and private sector to provide an authoritative, human rights-based legal framework for decisions around internet design, access and use. Essential to this project’s success was an early decision to anchor the work in precursor civil society initiatives and international law. The coalition building strategy that underpins the Charter brought a range of actors together, face-to-face and online, in the spirit of web-enabled collabowriting based on “multistakeholder participation”. A commitment to forging alliances and cooperation across diverse sectors in order to ensure human-centered internet policymaking has been a key factor in the success of the IRPC Charter to articulate a viable framework for rights-based agenda-setting in a policymaking terrain dominated by powerful techno-commercial interests and competing political agendas.

Keywords:   civil society, human rights, internet governance, Internet Governance Forum, multistakeholderism, United Nations, World Summit on the Information Society

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