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Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet

The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRP) completed a Commentary to the Charter in October 2011. It analyzes each article in the Charter in relation to the current state of international law.

The Internet Rights and Principles Statement is in English, and has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian/Croatian, Dutch, Estonian, FilipinoFinnishFrenchGermanHungarian, ItalianKhmer, KoreanMacedonianPolish, Portuguese, RomanianSpanishSwahiliSwedish, and Thai.


The Internet Bill of Rights builds upon the ‘International Bill of Human Rights consisting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. The Internet Bill of Rights (IBR) initiative was founded following an appeal (IBR, 2005) authored by the former chair of the European Data Protection Agencies Council, Stefano Rodotà, that highlighted the necessity of a ‘Charter of the Rights of the Net’. The appeal which was endorsed by a wide variety of eminent experts (like Lawrence Lessig and Richard Stallman) highlights the potential of the Internet: "The Internet is the widest public space that mankind has ever known. A space where everybody can have their say, acquire knowledge, create ideas and not just information, exercise their right to criticize, to discuss, to take part in the broader political life, and thus to build a different world of which everybody can claim to be an equal citizen ..."

Source: Internet Rights and Principles Coalition

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