[cc-humanrights] Input from SSAC to the WG on Human Rights

Seth Johnson seth.p.johnson at gmail.com
Mon Mar 13 09:36:56 UTC 2017

On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:05 AM, Seth Johnson <seth.p.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is an insightful and constructive input.
> I would agree that something like Human Rights Impact Assessments are
> appropriate in relation to an entity such as ICANN, and in fact are as
> far as such an entity can hold itself to.
> ICANN can't, however, address the question of human rights in the
> international arena adequately in terms of its own responsibility in
> any case.
> This does not mean that human rights are properly addressed this way
> though: it reflects a misplaced tendency to try to make it something
> ICANN can handle itself.
> The key question is not really about "putting a human rights rule on"
> ICANN; it's what to do about rights in relation to governments once
> you go international.  That would be how you'd address the issue, even
> though what you come up with wouldn't be about binding ICANN -- beyond
> issuing impact assessments and whatever (limited, frankly) extent
> those apply to itself.

It's a matter that's outward facing, not about "What does ICANN have
to do?" -- beyond the need at this moment to proceed only on the basis
of forging the future course properly.


> Seth
> On Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 10:12 PM, Patrik Fältström <paf at netnod.se> wrote:
>> Niels,
>> As chair of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee, one of the chartering organizations of the CCWG on Accountability, we would like to submit the attached comments as fruit for thought for the discussions.
>> Best,
>>    Patrik Fältström
>>    Chair of the SSAC
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