Broadcasting House focuses on three inter-related, Internet-based, modern-day issues:
CONFIDENTIALITY: The information you expose (Data Protection v. Data Divulgence)
INTEGRITY: The validity of information to which you are exposed (Fake v. Fact)
AVAILABILITY: Access to the information to which you wish to be exposed (net neutrality v. net bias)
Broadcasting House's mission is to defend Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the age of the Internet & it's associated broadcast, narrowcast, multicast, anycast & unicast technologies
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion & expression; the right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference & to seek, receive & impart information & ideas through any media regardless of frontiers".
In a landmark resolution on July 1, 2016, the United Nations declared net neutrality to be “in accordance with international human rights obligations, in particular with regard to freedom of expression, freedom of association & privacy.” Not only does this resolution attribute equality to all data that flows across the Internet, it also recognizes all Internet users’ equal access to that data
“The United Nations recognises the global & open nature of the Internet as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms,” the resolution stated, adding that any human rights practiced ‘offline’ must be guaranteed ‘online’ as well. The UN has solicited all states to ensure their citizens can exercise their human rights & fundamental freedoms on the Internet, as well as to ensure accountability for violations & abuses of these rights & freedoms
From online banking to communication protocols, breaking news to social media, the spread of ideas to the protection of free speech—network neutrality is a fundamental element of respecting human rights as our dependence on the digital world grows. It must be legitimately implemented, or we risk violating the basic tenets of freedom of expression & human rights in the Internet era.
Broadcasting House believes these fundamental rights & liberties are gradually being eroded as so-called 'Fake News' & global security issues are increasingly employed as reasons to restrict our access to information & override our freedom to decide on what is right & what is wrong for ourselves
Broadcasting House recognises this is difficult philosophical territory but does not believe censorship to be a progressive long-term solution & is working with partners the World over to establish a bottom-up, decentralised, self-regulating framework to oppose those who advocate top-down, centralised, capital & big government-dominated regulatory control
Broadcasting House is not Alone. The Cause is Global & Growing!
- The World Wide Web Foundation: Established by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to advance the open web as a public good & a basic right. WWWF is an independent organisation fighting for digital equality; a world where everyone can access the web & use it to improve their lives. See the Web Foundation's Open Data Barometer initiative
- ARTICLE 19: defends the human right to freedom of expression & information, a right guaranteed in international human rights law but frequently limited. Especially active around issues of media regulation; freedom of information; censorship & press freedom; governance & democracy; discrimination; & Information Technologies
- The Information Commissioner's Office: The ICO is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights. The ICO's role is to uphold information rights in the public interest & this includes maintaining the Register of Data Controllers; handling information rights concerns; ensuring personally identifiable information is properly protected; upholding privacy & electronic communications regulations; and supporting public freedom of information requests
- Center for Democracy & Technology: a US-based nonprofit organisation working to preserve the user-controlled nature of the Internet by championing freedom of expression. The CDT supports laws, corporate policies & technical tools that protect the privacy of Internet users, & advocates for stronger legal controls on government surveillance
- Freedom House: acts as a catalyst for greater political rights & civil liberties through a combination of analysis, advocacy, & action. Freedom House advocates for collaboration with 'free world' governments to vigorously oppose dictators & oppression; & amplifies the voices of those struggling for freedom in repressive societies to counter authoritarian efforts to weaken international scrutiny of their regimes
- Reporters Without Borders: Based in Paris, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an independent NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe & the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Its foreign sections, its bureaux in ten cities, including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro, & Stockholm, & its network of correspondents in 130 countries give RSF the ability to mobilise support, challenge governments & wield influence both on the ground & in the ministries & precincts where media & Internet standards & legislation are drafted
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