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[liberationtech] Civil Society Statement on the "eG8" - Which org's can make translations in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic

Jochai Ben-Avie jochai at accessnow.org
Sat May 21 13:25:37 PDT 2011


Just wanted to thank everyone who has signed the Civil Society Statement to
the eG8/G8 so far. We'll continue to accept signatures until Monday.

We'd also welcome any translations of the letter, especially of languages
spoken in G8 countries. Please send any translations along to me and I'll
make sure that they get to Paris. Many thanks to those who have done the
translations in French, German, and Spanish.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Cheers,
Jochai

-- 

Jochai Ben-Avie
Access | Policy Analyst
https://www.AccessNow.org <https://www.accessnow.org/>
jochai at accessnow.org
+1-888-414-0100 x704 (tel)
JochaiBen-Avie (skype)


2011/5/21 Ermanno Pietrosemoli <ermanno at ula.ve>

> Please find attached the Spanish version  by EsLaRed.
> Regards
>
> On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 1:10 PM, 10 com <10com at operamail.com> wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > There are now translations in French and German of the draft.
> > Urgently needed, to our opinion, are translations in Spanish, Chinese,
> > Russian, Arabic.
> >
> > We are willing to do the co-ordination of the translation-project, but
> have
> > to contact accessnow.org first on it.
> >
> > J. Emma vd Steen
> > 10COM
> > aims for a set of principe rulings & measures to make the European Union
> and
> > it's citizens fit for the Age of Digital
> >
> > http://10com.eu
> >
> > twitter @10comm
> > --
> > 10 com
> > 10com at operamail.com
> >
> > On Fri, 20 May 2011 17:52 -0400, "Jochai Ben-Avie" <jochai at accessnow.org
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> >
> >
> > Many of you may be aware that next week the G8 will be meeting in France.
> > President Sarkozy – who holds the rotating G8 Presidency this year – has
> > organized an “eG8” immediately before the G8summit, with a view to
> shaping
> > the G8 agenda regarding key global internet policy issues. Indded, this
> is
> > the first year that the internet’s role in society and the economy is
> > explicitly on the G8 agenda.
> >
> >
> >
> > To express our concerns about this event a number of organizations have
> put
> > together and signed a civil society statement (full text below) including
> > Access, Reporters without Borders, EFF, Witness, Mobile Active, May
> > First/People Link, The Guardian Project, Digital Democracy, ATTAC, LQDN,
> > EDRi, APC, Movements.org and Open Rights Group.
> >
> >
> >
> > Other organizations wish to sign? Please send me an email by this Monday,
> > May 23rd. Full text of the letter is below and at:
> > https://www.accessnow.org/Civil-Society-Statement-to-G8
> >
> >
> >
> > If there are individuals who want to support efforts to influence the G8,
> > please consider signing Access’ petition around this campaign:
> > https://www.accessnow.org/g8-protect-the-net
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks so much.
> >
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Jochai
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> >
> > Jochai Ben-Avie
> > Access | Policy Analyst
> > https://www.AccessNow.org
> > jochai at accessnow.org
> > +1-888-414-0100 x704 (tel)
> > JochaiBen-Avie (skype)
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > DRAFT Civil Society Statement to the e-G8 and G8
> >
> >
> >
> > The signatories of this statement are representatives of civil society
> from
> > around the world working towards the promotion of Internet freedom,
> digital
> > rights, and open communication.
> >
> >
> >
> > We understand that the French Presidency of the G8 is holding a G8
> internet
> > meeting -- the "e-G8 Forum" -- immediately before the G8 Summit in
> > Deauville, with a view to shaping the agenda of the G8 Summit regarding
> key
> > global internet policy issues. This meeting is significant in that this
> is
> > the first year that the internet’s role in society and the economy is
> > explicitly on the G8 agenda.
> >
> >
> >
> > As key world leaders, your policies have a major influence on internet
> > policy globally. Regrettably, certain policies being implemented in the
> most
> > developed economies are undermining the open and neutral internet -- the
> > very qualities that represent the essence of its democratic and economic
> > potential. We believe that G8 Member States should use the e-G8 meeting
> as
> > an opportunity to publicly commit to expanding internet access for all,
> > combating digital censorship and surveillance, limiting online
> intermediary
> > liability, and upholding principles of net neutrality.
> >
> >
> >
> > Internet Access for All
> >
> > We are particularly concerned about the increasing trend of nations
> cutting
> > off citizens’ access to the Internet and mobile networks in times of
> crisis,
> > as Egypt, Libya, Iran, China, Nepal, and Burma have all done. In many if
> not
> > all of these countries, we see how important access to the Internet is as
> a
> > gateway to a plethora of others civil, political, and fundamental human
> > rights.
> >
> >
> >
> > Many G8 countries are actively pursuing policies that would similarly
> seek
> > to restrict and control access; these policies legitimize actions of
> > repressive regimes and threaten the core of the internet economy. As many
> > nations endeavor to improve basic and universal access, the increase of
> > restrictive policies in both the developed and developing world is a
> > regressive and deeply worrying trend.
> >
> >
> >
> > Freedom from Online Censorship & Surveillance
> >
> > Simultaneously, repressive regimes are harnessing the internet’s power
> for
> > their own purposes, often with the help of multinational corporations
> based
> > in G8 countries. We urge you to end the sale of these technologies both
> at
> > home and abroad, and put an end to these gross invasions of user privacy
> and
> > security.
> >
> >
> >
> > Online Intermediary Liability and Intellectual Property
> >
> > To defend freedom of speech online it is critical that we resist mounting
> > pressure from the entertainment industry and other sectors to impose
> greater
> > intermediary liability on online service providers for the actions of
> their
> > users (e.g., HADOPI and ACTA).
> >
> >
> >
> > In this regard, we urge you to follow the example of the Brazilian
> > government’s Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet,
> > specifically #7 which reads: “All action taken against illicit activity
> on
> > the network must be aimed at those directly responsible for such
> activities,
> > and not at the means of access and transport, always upholding the
> > fundamental principles of freedom, privacy and the respect for human
> > rights.”[1]
> >
> >
> >
> > Net Neutrality
> >
> > We further call on you to codify and commit your nations to protecting
> net
> > neutrality -- the principle that all web traffic should be treated on an
> > equitable basis no matter where it originated or the type of data being
> > transmitted.
> >
> >
> >
> > These are some of the key Internet governance issues which we feel merit
> and
> > require the attention of the G8. We also draw your attention to two
> > comprehensive declarations of principles we believe should guide nation
> > states in Internet governance:
> >
> >
> >
> > ●      The 10 Internet Rights and Principles developed under the aegis of
> > the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition[2].
> >
> > ●      Assembly Declaration of the right of Communication, written at the
> > World Social Forum 2011.[3]
> >
> >
> >
> > We would also like to highlight our concerns regarding the planning of
> the
> > e-G8. We join our voices to the Internet Governance Caucus[4] which
> > expresses our collective concern about the lack of representation of
> civil
> > society at the e-G8 and G8 meetings this year.
> >
> >
> >
> > Contrary to current best practices in policymaking, the invite list has
> been
> > limited primarily to representatives of government and corporate leaders,
> > who already enjoy disproportionately large influence over Internet
> > regulation. Specifically, we are deeply concerned that corporate
> interests
> > will dominate discussions at the e-G8 and G8 summits; issues like strict
> > intellectual property enforcement and increasing online intermediary
> > liability seem likely to take primacy over citizen-centered policies like
> > net neutrality, Free Software, and combating online censorship.
> >
> >
> >
> > As corporations pay $100,000 for seats at the e-G8 table, few
> > representatives of civil society are present to advocate for the
> priorities
> > of citizen-users of the world. We are at a critical point in the history
> of
> > the Internet and the struggle for human rights. As the elected leadership
> of
> > some of the world’s most powerful nations, we urge you to act now to
> uphold
> > and defend the principles of digital rights and internet freedom, not
> just
> > for your citizens, but for people all over the world.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> >
> > [1]The full document of which is available
> > at: http://www.cgi.br/english/regulations/resolution2009-003.htm
> >
> > [2]The English version is available
> > here: http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/node/397 and in French
> > here: http://internetrightsandprinciples.org/node/400
> >
> > [3]http://fsm2011.org/en/the-right-to-inform-and-be-informed
> >
> > [4]
> http://www.igcaucus.org/open-letter-president-sarkozy-eg8-meeting-plan
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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