Special Meeting Notice

2 pm - 4 pm
June 26, 1996

The Internet: Transforming our Society Now

Montreal Convention Center
Montreal (Quebec), Canada


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have organized a special meeting at INET 96 Conference to discuss enhancing International cooperation to protect free speech and privacy rights on the global Internet.

There are no borders in cyberspace. Actions by individual governments or multi-national bodies like the European Union can have a profound effect around the world. World wide norms to protect speech and privacy need to be developed and established. An International alliance of Internet Advocates needs to come together to advocate for a free global Internet.

The principles we would advocate include:

-- Prohibiting prior censorship of on-line communication.

-- Requiring that laws restricting the content of on-line speech distinguish between the liability of content providers and the liability of data carriers.

-- Insisting that on-line free expression not be restricted by indirect means such as excessively restrictive governmental or private controls over computer hardware or software, telecommunications infrastructure, or other essential components of the Internet.

-- Including citizens in the GII development process from countries that are currently unstable economically, have insufficient infrastructure, or lack sophisticated technology.

-- Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

-- Ensuring that personal information generated on the GII for one purpose is not used for an unrelated purpose or disclosed without the person's informed consent and enabling individuals to review personal information on the Internet and to correct inaccurate information.

-- Allowing on line users to encrypt their communications and information without restriction.

We invite our colleagues from around the world who are interested in taking concerted action to protection the Internet to join us for this discussion.

For more information about the GLOBAL INTERNET LIBERTY CAMPAIGN, please contact Barry Steinhardt, ACLU,

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