Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles (IRPC)


The Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRP Coalition) is an open network of individuals and organisations based at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) committed to making human rights and principles work for the online environment.

Since the 2009 IGF in Sharm El Sheikh we have been working to outline how human rights standards should be interpreted to apply to the Internet environment, and the internet policy principles which must be upheld in order to create an environment which supports human rights to the maximum extent possible.

The main work of the IRP Coalition has been to translate existing human rights to the internet environment to build awareness, understanding and a shared platform for mobilisation around rights and principles for the internet.

Our flagship document, the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet covers the whole gambit of human rights drawing on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other covenants that make up the International Bill of Human Rights at the United Nations (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/WhatareHumanRights.aspx). It is the outcome of work from many people and organizations over the years and is growing in stature as others start to apply its 23 clauses to specific situations.

To get more directly involved you are welcome to join the IRP Mailing listhttps://lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org/mailman/listinfo/irp

Action Plan

The Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition is working to uphold human rights on the internet and to root internet governance processes and systems in human rights standards.

The dynamic coalition sets out to promote, and provide a space for multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration.  We also aim to be an umbrella platform for facilitating collaboration on human rights issues in the Internet Governance Forum process.

Members of the coalition work individually and in partnership to promote processes and instruments to frame and enforce rights on the Internet. More specifically, the coalition aims to:

  • Raise awareness of fundamental human rights and what they mean on the internet.
  • Discuss and anchor global public policy principles to preserve the openness of the internet and ensure that its continued evolution is framed by the public interest, through open and extensive stakeholder involvement.
  • Encourage all stakeholders to address issues of human and civil rights in policy-making, contributing to a people-centric discourse and policy formulation in the internet governance space.
  • Identify ways in which human rights can be applied to the Internet and other ICT technologies, and evaluate the applicability of existing formal and informal guidelines and regulatory frameworks.
  • Identify measures for the protection and enforcement of human rights on the internet, while pushing for people-centric issues and public interest based internet governance policy making.
  • Describe the duties and responsibilities of internet users and other stakeholders which, together with their rights, will serve to preserve and promote the public interest on the internet.

Mailing List



  • Marianne Franklin (2016-2018), Academic, New Zealand
  • Minda Moreira (2017-2019), Civil Society, Portugal

Steering Committee members  

  • Robert Bodle, Academic, USA
  • Catherine Easton, Academic, UK
  • Sahajman Shrestha, Civil Society, Nepal
  • Hanane Boujemi, Civil Society, Morocco

Website and social media Manager 

  • Minda Moreira, Civil society, Portugal

Former chairs 

  • Hanane Boujemi (2015-2017), Civil Society, Morocco
  • Catherine Easton (2014-2016), Academic, UK
  • Robert Bodle (2013-2015), Academic, USA
  • Marianne Franklin (2012-2014), Academic, New Zealand
  • Matthias Kettemann (2011-2013), Academic, Austria
  • Dixe Hawtin (2010-2012), Civil Society, UK
  • Lisa Horner (2009-2010), Civil Society, UK
  • Max Senges (2008-2009), Private Sector, Germany

Former Steering Committee members  

  • Jaco Aizenman, Technical, Costa Rica
  • Allon Bar, Academic/Civil Society, Netherlands
  • Robert Bodle, Academic, USA
  • Norbert Bollow, Technical-Civil Society, Switzerland
  • Carlos Affonso P. Da Souza, Academic, Brazil
  • Rafik Dammak, Technical, Tunisia
  • Michael Gurstein (RIP), Civil Society, Canada
  • Dixie Hawtin, Civil Society, UK
  • Matthias Kettemann, Academic, Austria
  • Shaila Rao Mistry, Private Sector, USA
  • Parminder Jeet Singh, Civil Society, India
  • Viktor Szabados, Civil Society, Hungary
  • Tapani Tarvainen, Technical, Finland
  • Minda Moreira, Civil Society, Portugal
  • Shreedeep Rayamajhi, Civil Society, Nepal
  • Kevin Risser, Civil Society, USA

IRPC Charter (Version 1.1) Expert Group  

  • Editor: Dixie Hawtin, Civil Society, UK
  • Wolfgang Benedek, Academic, Austria
  • Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Academic/Civil Society, Denmark
  • Meryem Marzouki, Academic/Civil Society, France
  • Andrew Rens Academic/Civil Society, South Africa
  • Roberto Saba, Academic, Argentina
  • Wang Sixin Academic, China

10 Rights & Principles Working Group 

  • Shaila Mistry, Private Sector, India/USA
  • Brett Solomon, Civil Society, USA
  • Karmen Turk, Academic, Estonia
  • Dixie Hawtin, Civil Society, UK

The IRP coalition mailing list has over 320 active participants from government departments, intergovernmental organisations, the private sector, civil society organisations, academics and the technical community, who all have a stake in the future of the Internet.



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To get more directly involved you are welcome to join the IRPC Mailing list: https://lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org/mailman/listinfo/irp

Visit the IRP Coalition website: www.internetrightsandprinciples.org

Join the IRP Coalition Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/internetrightsandprinciples

Follow the IRP Coalition on Twitter: @netrights

Contact the IRP Coalition Co-Chairs or Steering Committee Members