[Ietf-lac] FW: [IRTF-Announce] New Research Group chartered: Human Rights Protocol Considerations

Alvaro Retana (aretana) aretana at cisco.com
Mon Nov 30 11:29:13 BRST 2015

On 11/30/15, 8:17 AM, "IRTF-Announce on behalf of Eggert, Lars"
<irtf-announce-bounces at irtf.org on behalf of lars at netapp.com> wrote:

>Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC)
>The Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group is chartered to
>whether standards and protocols can enable, strengthen or threaten human
>as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) [1] and the
>International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) [2],
>but not limited to the right to freedom of expression and the right to
>of assembly.
>The research group takes as its starting point the problem statement that
>human-rights-enabling characteristics of the Internet might be degraded
>if they
>are not properly defined, described and sufficiently taken into account in
>protocol development. Not protecting these characteristics could result in
>(partial) loss of functionality and connectivity.
>As evinced by RFC 1958, the Internet aims to be the global network of
>that provides unfettered connectivity to all users at all times and for
>content. Open, secure and reliable connectivity is essential for rights
>such as
>freedom of expression and freedom of association. Since the Internet¹s
>of connectivity makes it an enabler of human rights, its architectural
>converges with the human rights framework.
>The Internet was designed with freedom and openness of communications as
>values. But as the scale and the industrialization of the Internet has
>greatly, the influence of such world-views started to compete with other
>This research group aims to explore the relations between human rights and
>protocols and to provide guidelines to inform future protocol development
>decision making where protocol s impact the effective exercise of the
>rights to
>freedom of expression or association. Objective
>This research has these major aims:
> * To expose the relation between protocols and human rights, with a
>focus on
>   the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
> * To propose guidelines to protect the Internet as a
>   environment in future protocol development, in a manner similar to the
>   done for Privacy Considerations in RFC 6973.
> * To increase the awareness in both the human rights community and the
>   technical community on the importance of the technical workings of the
>   Internet and its impact on human rights.
>The research group plans on using a variety of research methods to create
>different outputs including, but not limited to:
> * Internet drafts, some of which may be put on IRTF RFC stream. These
>   concern progress of the project, methodology, and will define any
>   protocol considerations.
> * Policy and academic papers, for in-depth analysis and discussion of the
>   relationship between human rights and the Internet architecture and
>   protocols.
> * Film and textual interviews with a diverse set of community members,
>to give
>   an accessible insight into the variety of opinions on this topic
>   in the IETF.
> * Data analysis and visualization, to research and visualize the
>language used
>   in current and historic RFCs and mailinglist discussions to expose core
>   architectural principles, language and deliberations on human rights of
>   those affected by the network.
> * Protocol analysis. Data analysis and visualization of (existing)
>   in the wild to research their concrete impact on human rights.
>Membership is open to any interested parties who intend to remain current
>the published documents and mailing list issues.
>[1] http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
>[2] http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CCPR.aspx

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