[cc-humanrights] On renewed importance, opportunities to engage, and ICANN61

avri doria avri at acm.org
Thu Apr 5 13:52:40 UTC 2018


One question I have been asked about this group is: by whom is it
chartered?  Is it a bottom up independent group outside the SOAC
structure or has it been chartered by groups within the SOAC structure?



On 03-Apr-18 16:08, Collin Kurre wrote:
> - Letter from the chair on the CCWP-HR’s renewed importance and
> opportunities to engage
> - Overview of CCWP-HR session at ICANN61
> Fellow members of the CCWP-HR,
> First, to those of you who are new to the Cross Community Working
> Party on ICANN and Human Rights (CCWP-HR), or new to the ICANN
> community: Welcome.
> 10 ICANN meetings ago, the CCWP-HR was chartered
> <https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=53772653&preview=/53772653/54003840/Charter%20of%20CCWP-HR.pdf>
> with the objectives of providing information, facilitating dialogue,
> and making suggestions on ways to harmonize ICANN’s policies and
> procedures with internationally recognized human rights standards,
> among others. 
> Though the frequency of our mailing list may have dwindled as our
> members dedicated their time and efforts to enhancing diversity,
> transparency, and other rights-related considerations through Work
> Stream 2 <https://community.icann.org/display/WEIA>, the relevance of
> our Working Party has not diminished. Quite the contrary.
> The new Human Rights Bylaw
> <https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/bylaws-en/#article1>,
> a core value to “respect internationally recognized human rights as
> required by applicable law,” will come into effect this year. Quoting
> from the Bylaw’s Framework of Interpretation
> <https://community.icann.org/display/WEIA/Documents?preview=/59641302/79437270/CCWG-Accountability-WS2-HumanRight-FinalReport-20171106%5B1%5D.pdf> “it is up to each SO and AC, and ICANN the organization, to develop
> their own policies and frameworks to fulfill this Core Value.”
> Compliance must—and will—happen. ICANN org’s [1] ongoing HRIA is a
> testament to their commitment to uphold this core value. Yet how this
> compliance will materialize in SOs, ACs, and the other parts of the
> ICANN remains to be seen.
> As the only cross-community group mandated to provide information,
> suggestions, and recommendations to chartering organizations regarding
> human rights impacts and improvements, the CCWP-HR is uniquely
> positioned to play an influential role in these discussions moving
> forward. By extension, we—the members of the Working Party; an
> informal gathering of people interested in the intersection of human
> rights and ICANN—are also uniquely poised to help shape the
> community’s Human Rights compliance mechanisms as they develop. 
> In case you remain unconvinced or uninspired by the challenge of
> creating systems to uphold ICANN’s Human Rights Bylaw, there are
> myriad other ways to contribute to the discussion. In the past,
> members of the CCWP-HR have diagrammed ICANN Policies and Human Rights
> <https://community.icann.org/download/attachments/53772653/ICANN%20and%20Human%20Rights%20Jan2018.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1518025905000&api=v2>,
> documented potential human rights issues arising from gTLD subsequent
> procedures
> <https://community.icann.org/download/attachments/53772653/4.CCWP-HR%20Jurisdiction.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1467180138000&api=v2>,
> and designed an initial sketch
> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hVA3lj6NrZLBV9CbH1SwNMt-enygaDR_t2N5c8wDW8I/edit?usp=sharing> for
> incorporating human rights impact assessments into policy development
> processes. 
> Ongoing research in the CCWP-HR seeks to flesh out the effects of
> current policy development procedures on particular rights (presented
> at last meeting, see below). Getting involved in this project may be
> of interest to newcomers in particular, as it offers an opportunity to
> become more familiar with ICANN procedures while contributing to
> scholarship in the field human rights and Internet governance.
> Charting the decision-making processes of SOs and ACs, tracking the
> effectiveness of remedy and due process measures, or further exploring
> language rights in the ICANN context have all been floated as
> potential avenues for future research. 
> Thought guided by its charter, the CCWP-HR is driven by its members;
> that is, /your/ interests, expertise, and experience. Meetings are
> important, but inter-sessional work shouldn’t be overlooked—lest the
> plurality of our Working Party be reduced to a precious few voices. 
> Got an idea for a paper? *Float it on the list. *
> Have a doubt about operationalizing the Human Rights Bylaw in ASO, or
> ALAC, or other? *Flag it on the list.*
> Is a half-baked idea taking shape, but not ready to share? *Ping your
> co-chairs*—we're here to support you.
> Looking forward,
> Collin Kurre
> Co-Chair, Cross Community Working Party on ICANN and Human Rights
> *CCWP-HR at ICANN61*
> Meeting agenda:
>   * Welcome and Introduction 
>   * /Update/: ICANN Org’s ongoing Human Rights Impact Assessment
>     (HRIA) — /Ergys Ramaj /(presentation
>     <https://static.ptbl.co/static/attachments/169538/1521013234.pdf?1521013234>)
>   * /Update/: HR Bylaw and CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2
>   * /Discussion/: Implementing the Human Rights Bylaw in SOs/Acs
>   * Review of the FoI & Considerations Document
>   * Lessons learned from designing HRIAs for infrastructure providers
>   * /Presentation/: Human Rights in PDPs — /Vidushi Marda/
>   * /Discussion/: Future research possibilities
> Presentation:
> https://static.ptbl.co/static/attachments/169578/1521030196.pdf?1521030196
> Meeting
> transcript: https://static.ptbl.co/static/attachments/169785/1521124762.pdf?1521124762
> Session description: https://61.schedule.icann.org/meetings/647769
> [1] For newcomers, the distinction I am referencing here is between
> “ICANN org,” the nonprofit organization incorporated in California and
> responsible for /coordinating/ the maintenance of the DNS, as opposed
> to the “ICANN community,” the multistakeholder supporting
> organizations and advisory committees that define how the DNS is
> managed through consensus-driven policymaking processes.
> <http://www.article19.org>
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