The Humanization of Internet Governance: A Roadmap Towards a Comprehensive Global (Human) Rights Architecture for the Internet

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Wolfgang Benedek

University of Graz - Faculty of Law

Matthias C. Kettemann

Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders", Goethe University Frankfurt ; University of Graz - Institute of International Law and International Relations

Max Senges

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)

Date Written: December 2, 2008

Abstract

The promotion and protection of human rights on the Internet is discussed in different settings with varying intensity. Stakeholders regularly commit to human rights as an overarching goal, but fail to agree on ways to effectively ‘humanize’ Internet Governance models. This paper aims to fill this lacuna by clarifying what elements a human rights-sensitive Internet Governance set-up should contain and what a roadmap towards a comprehensive global (human) rights architecture for the Internet may look like.

After a brief introduction (Section 1) we argue that the protection of (human) rights in cyberspace is particularly difficult in light of the global institutional ecology which is characterized by the progressive subversion of hierarchies and the subsequent change in relationship between states and individuals. An analysis of the rights relevant in the Internet and the architecture established for their protection leads to the conclusion that drafting a new convention on (human) rights on the Internet – in the traditional UN framework – will not enhance the information society-related protection level of the already-existing collection of human rights treaties (Section 2). Subsequently we show, with the help of the example of the struggle against hate speech, why the current framework for protecting human rights in cyberspace is in need of further improvement (Section 3). Section 4 is devoted to the standards, actors and the structure of a humanized Internet Governance solution. They address the influence of the International Bill of Rights on an Internet Bill of Rights and analyze the role of the Dynamic Coalition on an Internet Bill of Rights in furthering a humanized Internet Governance solution. Section 5 considers the feasibility and assesses the impact of developing a human rights platform for the Internet as a transnational, non-hierarchical, integrative social contract providing for an institutional ecology to promote a global humanistic, rights-based Internet Governance regime.

Keywords: GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Benedek, Wolfgang and Kettemann, Matthias C. and Senges, Max, The Humanization of Internet Governance: A Roadmap Towards a Comprehensive Global (Human) Rights Architecture for the Internet (December 2, 2008). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798361 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2798361

Wolfgang Benedek (Contact Author)

University of Graz - Faculty of Law ( email )

Austria

Matthias C. Kettemann

Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders", Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

Germany

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University of Graz - Institute of International Law and International Relations ( email )

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Max Senges

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) ( email )

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

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