New UN HRC Resolution on Internet and Human Rights calls for digital inclusion and multistakeholder collaboration

Last July 1st 2016 a new Resolution on Internet and Human Rights was adopted by consensus at the Human Rights Council. The 2012 joint initiative of Brazil, Sweden, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey and the U.S. was updated for the third time in order to include new elements to reinforce the principle of providing the people with the same rights offline as online. The last version of the Resolution states the following:

  • Call for States to bridge the gender digital divide, with particular emphasis on supporting persons with disabilities. It encourages states to “promote with the participation of persons with disabilities, the design, development, production and distribution of information and communications technologies and systems, including assistive and adaptive technologies, which are accessible for persons with disabilities.”
  • Recognizes internet as a key driver for achieving the goals established in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It emphasizes the great potential of ICTs to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and develop knowledge societies.
  • Promotes multistakeholder collaboration between the technical community, civil society, academia, public and private sectors through transparent processes.
  • Condemns practices that prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online. Requires states to refrain from utilizing these practices.

The Resolution seeks to target some of the main contemporary concerns related to Internet governance and Digital Inclusion. It is expected that the document is further referenced in global and regional events to take place during the next two years, such as the 2016 Internet Governance Forum.

Read the complete Resolution on Internet and Human Rights