IGF Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) Contribution for Rio Summit

By |May 16th, 2007|

DCOS was created at the Athens Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in November 2006. Our mission is to provide government policy makers and other stakeholders with useful tools to make informed decisions to preserve the current open architecture of the Internet and the World Wide Web, which together provide a knowledge ecosystems that has profoundly shaped the multiplier effect of global public goods and improved economic and social welfare. ...

‘Freedom of Expression Online’ Contribution to IGF 2007 Meeting Plans

By |May 14th, 2007|

"A broadly recognized right to freedom of expression and communication is guaranteed in many of the major international treaties dealing with civil liberties. Many of these treaties are legally binding on countries and many recognize the need for freedom of expression “in any medium”, foreshadowing the battles of the digital environment. Freedom of expression rights should not be devalued on the Internet and individuals must retain their existing rights to communicate in the new online environment. ...

Latin America Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities for Freedom of Expression in Networked Communications Environment

By |April 30th, 2007|

Click above title for more info on 8-10 May 2007 workshop in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

ICANN Board Member Susan Crawford’s Remarks on Vote to Prevent .xxx Domain Name Space Application

By |April 2nd, 2007|

Excellent comments on new gTLD process: "... I note as a side point that such a requirement in the U.S. would violate the first amendment to our Constitution. But this content-related censorship should not be ICANN's concern and ICANN should not allow itself to be used as a private lever for government chokepoint content control by making up reasons to avoid the creation of such a TLD in the first place. To the extent there are public policy concerns with this TLD, they can be dealt with through local laws. ... We should be examining generic TLD applicants on the basis of their technical and financial strength. We should avoid dealing with content concerns to the maximum extent possible. We should be opening up new TLDs. ..."

UNESCO Report on “Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies: A Survey”

By |March 20th, 2007|

"The report further aims at alerting UNESCO’s Member States and partners to the increasing power and presence of emerging technologies and draws attention to their potential to affect the exercise of basic human rights. Perhaps as its most salient deduction, the study signals that these days all decision makers, developers, the corporate scholar and users are entrusted with a profound responsibility with respect to technological developments and their impact on the future orientation of knowledge societies. It is our hope that this study will impress upon the policy makers, community, producers and users the need to carefully observe evolutions in ICTs – and, by so doing, to comprehend the ethical and moral consequences of technological choices on human rights in the Knowledge Societies. ..."

IP Justice Submission to the IGF: Realizing the Internet’s Promise for Universal Access to Knowledge and Development

By |August 2nd, 2006|

- Internet’s open and free nature are key to accessing knowledge and development - Internet Governance Policies and Intellectual Property Rights - IP Justice Recommendations for an Internet Governance Forum Discussion to Promote the Internet as a Tool for Access to Knowledge and Development: 1. Preserve Openness of Internet and Free Flow of Information: - Build Freedom of Expression Values into Laws & Architectures - Critical Online Speech Censored by Copyright and Trademark -“Digital Locks” Control Flow of Information and Threaten Interoperability - Preserve Interoperability with Open and Free Technical Standards - Governments Adopt Open Document Formats - Encourage Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Development 2. Grow the Online Information Commons: - Recognize Internet as Valuable Tool for Access to Knowledge - Protect and Value Public Domain - Database Rights Restrict Free Flow of Information on Internet - Provide Online Access to Publicly Funded Research - Recognize Social Value of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Software 3. Build Respect for Civil Liberties into IPR Laws and Procedures Addressing Online Behavior - ICANN’s Whois Policy Must Conform with Privacy Laws - US DMCA “Notice and Take-Down” Provisions Should Comply with Due Process Conclusion: IGF Should Address Relationship Between Intellectual Property Rights, Free Expression, and Access to Knowledge

Tragedy of the Commons: IPR in the Info Age

By |July 28th, 2006|

“Tragedy of the Commons”: Intellectual Property Rights in the Information Age
The Threat to Civil Liberties and Innovation Posed by Expanding Copyrights
By Robin D. Gross, Esq.
IP Justice Executive Director
Published by MIT Press, 2006

0.  Introduction
As we enter an information age, the rules governing the use and dissemination of information become increasingly important. Clashes between fundamental freedom […]

European Parliament Resolution on Freedom of Expression on the Internet

By |July 6th, 2006|

IP JUSTICE STATEMENT at the 2nd Session of the Provisional Committee for a Development Agenda at WIPO

By |June 26th, 2006|

IP Justice Statement
at the
2nd Session of the
Provisional Committee for a Development Agenda at WIPO
26 – 30 June 2006 – Geneva, Switzerland
By IP Justice Executive Director Robin D. Gross
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to address this Provisional Committee for a Development Agenda (PCDA) at WIPO. I represent IP Justice, an international public interest […]

IP Justice statement at the open consultations of the UN Internet Governance Forum

By |May 19th, 2006|

1. Freedom of Expression 2. Privacy Rights 3. Balanced Intellectual Property Rights 4. Development Agenda for Internet Governance 5. Access to Knowledge