Freedom of Association on the Internet
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Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group         N. ten Oever
Internet-Draft                                                ARTICLE 19
Intended status: Informational                          G. Perez de Acha
Expires: September 13, 2017                           Derechos Digitales
                                                          March 12, 2017

                 Freedom of Association on the Internet
                   draft-tenoever-hrpc-association-00

Abstract

   This documents aims to document the relation between Internet
   protocols and the right to freedom of assembly and association.  The
   Internet increasingly mediates our lives and thus the ability to
   excercise human rights.  Since Internet protocols play a central role
   in the management, development and use of the Internet the relation
   between the two should be documented and adverse impacts on this
   human right should be mitigated.  On the other hand there have also
   been methods of protest, a form of freedom of assembly, on the
   Internet that have been harmful to Internet connectivity and the
   Internet infrastructure, such as DDoS attacks.  This document aims to
   document forms of protest, association and assembly that do not have
   a negative impact on the Internet infrastructure.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Vocabulary used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Research questions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Cases and examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  Communicating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       4.1.1.  Mailinglists  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       4.1.2.  Multi party video conferencing and risks  . . . . . .   5
       4.1.3.  Reaching out  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.2.  Working together (peer production)  . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.2.1.  Version control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.3.  Grouping together (identities)  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
       4.3.1.  DNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
       4.3.2.  ISPs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  Research Group Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     9.1.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     9.2.  URIs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12

1.  Introduction

   Freedom of assembly and freedom of association are two human rights
   that protect and enable collective action and expression [UDHR]
   [ICCPR].  This is important because causes and opinions take more
   force within a group of people that come together for the same means
   [Tocqueville].

   The difference between the freedom of assembly and the freedom of
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