A Bill of Rights for the Internet <ul><ul><li>Vittorio Bertola Interconnected human being Institutional hacker </li></ul><...
Key features of the Internet <ul><li>User-centric </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence and power at the edges </li></ul></ul...
Emerging Internet principles <ul><li>Global interconnection and reachability </li></ul><ul><li>Network neutrality </li></u...
Emerging day-to-day issues <ul><li>I run a blog, am I responsible for the content of the comments that other people post t...
Disappearing traditional rights <ul><li>How do you uphold freedom of expression? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you guarantee pr...
Multiple challenges <ul><li>How do we ensure that the basic principles of the Internet are recognized and upheld, so that ...
Assumptions <ul><li>No global consensus on moral values is possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...but rough consensus on specif...
The Internet Bill of Rights  <ul><li>Not a statement but a process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring people together and they wi...
It's easy  ...? <ul><li>Establish a venue (the IGF? others?) </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a process (IETF-like?) </li></ul>...
Thank you <ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet Bill of Rights campaign </li></u...
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A Bill of Rights for the Internet

  1. A Bill of Rights for the Internet <ul><ul><li>Vittorio Bertola Interconnected human being Institutional hacker </li></ul></ul>iSummit 2008 Sapporo, 30 July – 1 August 2008
  2. Key features of the Internet <ul><li>User-centric </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence and power at the edges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users = Suppliers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feudal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Almost) absolute power of the ISP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transnational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trend towards lowest common denominator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market driven </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relative lack of public interest consideration </li></ul></ul>
  3. Emerging Internet principles <ul><li>Global interconnection and reachability </li></ul><ul><li>Network neutrality </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to innovate at the edges </li></ul><ul><li>Free, open standards </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul><ul><li>Without these principles, the Internet is not the Internet any more </li></ul>
  4. Emerging day-to-day issues <ul><li>I run a blog, am I responsible for the content of the comments that other people post to it? </li></ul><ul><li>I run a wiki, am I responsible for the defamatory statements that an anonymous user added to someone's biography? </li></ul><ul><li>I am building a start-up that hosts user-generated content, am I responsible for copyright infringements made by the users? </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of consensus on responsibilities => lack of reliable, easy to understand legal frameworks </li></ul>
  5. Disappearing traditional rights <ul><li>How do you uphold freedom of expression? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you guarantee privacy? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we reach the Milllennium Development Goals? </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul><ul><li>Need to bridge a gap between high-level principles and day-to-day practices Need to understand how to ensure that rights are taken into account when drafting policy </li></ul>
  6. Multiple challenges <ul><li>How do we ensure that the basic principles of the Internet are recognized and upheld, so that the Internet remains the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we provide final users with easy guidelines on rights and duties when using the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we ensure that any further development of the Internet respects basic rights and meets overall public interest objectives, for the good of mankind? </li></ul><ul><li>... in a distributed, global, diverse environment? </li></ul>
  7. Assumptions <ul><li>No global consensus on moral values is possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...but rough consensus on specific issues is </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You can't really impose anything over the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any standard will work only if adopted from the bottom (authority is futile) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Form follows function </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different problems will need different instruments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mountains can be crossed one step at a time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let the people who are ready to walk make one step together </li></ul></ul>
  8. The Internet Bill of Rights <ul><li>Not a statement but a process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring people together and they will talk and agree </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not a single monolithic document, but a range of different documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From international treaties to best practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From high-level principles to practical guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From founding stones to furniture that can change quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Centered on final users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must make the environment clear and predictable </li></ul></ul>
  9. It's easy ...? <ul><li>Establish a venue (the IGF? others?) </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a process (IETF-like?) </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Gather stakeholders and discuss </li></ul><ul><li>Agree (those who agree) </li></ul><ul><li>Formalize consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Go home and implement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government => Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company => Business policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual, civil society etc. => Practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repeat from step 3 </li></ul>
  10. Thank you <ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet Bill of Rights campaign </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.internet-bill-of-rights.org/ </li></ul>

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