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

Niels ten Oever niels at article19.org
Mon Mar 13 13:16:08 UTC 2017

Dear Patrik and other members of the SSAC,

I would like to thank you very much for this letter, and I would like to
invite you to further discuss this letter coming Wednesday at 17:00
during our session at ICANN58 where we'll discuss HRIAs in more detail,
also informed by a presentation provided by the Danish Institute for
Human Rights on this topic.

All the best,


Niels ten Oever
Head of Digital

Article 19

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On 03/13/2017 10:36 AM, Seth Johnson wrote:
> 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
>> 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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>>> cc-humanrights at icann.org
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