The Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet, under the leadership of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC), is a collaborative effort to put human rights and fundamental freedoms at the centre of Internet policy making, research and development. The IRPC is a global and cross-sector network of organisations and individuals dedicated to developing an authoritative human rights framework for the online environment. The IRP Coalition is based at the UN Internet Governance Forum. Its mission is to support, educate and inform decision-makers, civil society organisations, and ordinary Internet users through the Charter. Since its first release in 2010, the IRPC Charter and accompanying Ten Internet Rights and Principles have had a significant impact on initiatives to advance rights-based principles for the online environment, and Internet governance processes; from Europe, to the Middle East and North African region, to Brazil and Chile, and New Zealand.
In 2013, we released the IRPC Charter in booklet form at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum meeting in Bali. The booklet, containing the full IRPC Charter (in 5 languages), 10 IRP Principles (in 22 languages), and background information, has been very successful in focusing policy-making discussions, bringing people together within the global Internet governance terrain, raising awareness on the ground about rights and freedoms online, and has also served as a teaching resource in the classroom. The value of having the booklet available as digital and printed matter has been underscored since then.
The Web We Want grant will be used to support the work associated with producing new translations and print-runs of the IRPC Charter Booklet. With this funding in place, we can now produce a Turkish edition in time for the 2014 Internet Governance Forum meeting in Istanbul. This funding also enables completion of the Spanish edition, and further printing of the English and German editions alongside the 2nd Edition of the Arabic IRPC Charter Booklet with another partner, Hivos International. With this generous support the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition can bring the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet to non-English speaking parts of the world. In this way we can extend the conversation to others whilst supporting ongoing work to ensure the protection and enjoyment of our human rights and fundamental freedoms online.