Can we have internet governance without internet rights?

Posted in: Governance at 29/09/2011 18:38

Many important technical decisions about internet architecture are being made right now -- decisions that will have consequences for decades. At present, policy choices are being made largely without the input of civil society and without sufficient consideration of the public good. It is clear that civil society needs some innovative thinking, a new paradigm through which we can ensure the right policy outcomes.

This is why APC's pre-event at the sixth Internet Governance Forum focused on developing a rights-based approach to access. Any debate surrounding ICT policy must be informed by respect for human rights in order to be effective. In light of this, APC put forward the proposal that the theme for the next IGF should be human rights.

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