Author Archives: Katharine Sarikakis

European Digital Rights Association on ‘Net Neutrality’

European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an international not-for-profit association of 31 digital human rights organisations from across Europe. EDRi defends and promotes rights and freedoms in the digital environment, such as the right to privacy, freedom of expression, communication and access to information.

In November 2013, EDRi published a booklet on Net Neutrality, in which they explain Net Neutrality, why it is important, why certain Internet access providers believe that they have an interest in violating it, and they finally address common misconceptions.

You can read the booklet here.

International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

The International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the “Necessary and Proportionate Principles” or “13 Principles”) show how existing human rights law applies to modern digital surveillance. Drafted by a global coalition of civil society, privacy and technology experts in 2013, they have been endorsed by over 600 organizations and over 270,000 individuals worldwide.

Guidelines for the application of the Rome Charter: A working tool for accurate media coverage on migration and asylum.

Media should cover migration-related issues in a thorough and nuanced way, based on solid facts. While the Rome Charter suggests guidelines for Italian journalists when reporting on asylum seekers, refugees, victims and migrants, the Guidelines for the application of the Rome Charter focus on translating the principles affirmed in the code of conduct into practical guidance for journalists.

Charter of Rome

The Charter of Rome is a code of conduct for journalists regarding asylum seekers, refugees, victims of trafficking and migrants, on the basis of the fundamental principle stressing the importance of adhering to the truth as regards all events which are the subject of media coverage (art. 2 of the Law establishing the Journalists’ Association), invite Italian journalists to: exercise the highest care in dealing with information regarding asylum seekers, refugees, victims of trafficking and migrants living in Italy and elsewhere.

It was launched in 2008 by the National Council of the Journalists’ Association (Consiglio Nazionale dell’Ordine dei Giornalisti, CNOG) and the Italian National Press Federation (Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana, FNSI.

Europarl study on gender equality in France

This in-depth analysis covers the recent developments in gender equality policies in France. It addresses the strengths and the weaknesses of French gender equality policies in the following domains: legislation, gender equality machinery, economic independence, work-life balance, participation in decision-making, gender-based violence, gender stereotypes and health and reproductive rights.

White Paper on European Governance

The Commission adopted the White Paper on European Governance in July 2001 with the aim of establishing more democratic forms of governance at all levels – global, European, national, regional and local. The White Paper forwards a set of proposals focusing on the role of the EU institutions, better involvement, better regulation, and the contribution the European Union can make to world governance.

European Parliament Resolution on the Role of Public Service Television in a Multi- Media Society

On 19 September 1996, the European Parliament adopted the Resolution on the role of public service television in a multi-media society, in which it calls on the Commission to lay down guidelines for the promotion of public broadcasting establishments (PBE). The European Parliament held the opinion that national and European targets on media policy basically covered the work of the PBE. These targets include the promotion of the different cultures in Europe, support for equality, ensuring from now on that all groups are guaranteed equal access to information in the information society. Particularly for this last reason, the PBE should be leading the way in developing new services; they should therefore, for example, also use digital broadcasting.

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on the right to privacy in the digital age

This document is the outcome of Resolution 68/167 of the United Nations General Assembly, which requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare and submit a report on “the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or the interception of digital communications and the collection of personal data, including on a mass scale”, to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-seventh session and to the General Assembly at its sixty-ninth session.

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets that demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what they did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.