[Manila Principles] Release of the Manila Principles in eight new languages - and plans for new resource

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Mon Jul 13 12:59:41 PDT 2015

Today the Manila Principles committee is pleased to unveil our revamped
website with the text in eight new languages at
https://www.manilaprinciples.org/!  The text is now available in French,
Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Thai, and the
FAQ and floating definitions are also available in most of those same
languages.  Huge thanks to our (mostly volunteer) translators for making
this possible!

Simultaneously we have rolled out some other updates including an
expanded and reformatted jurisdictional analysis paper, reformatted
background document, reformatted PDF versions of the text in each
language, and the above-mentioned floating definitions of key terms. A
preview of the relaunched website was successfully presented last week
at an action day in South Korea (reports: here
and here
and at the Asia-Pacific Regional IGF in Macau.

With this relaunch, we are now positioned to step out our outreach
around the principles, including upcoming discussions with US and
European officials, leading into the first global IGF presentation of
the principles at a workshop in João Pessoa, at which UN Rapporteur for
Freedom of Expression and Opinion, David Kaye, is a confirmed panelist
(subject to availability).

We are also looking forward to future activities for which we can
leverage the Manila Principles website, "brand", and community.  The
idea that the steering committee has suggested for your consideration is
that we draft a resource for the implementation of principle 3(d) and
(e), which provide:

> Intermediaries who host content may be required by law to respond to
> content restriction requests pertaining to unlawful content by either
> forwarding lawful and compliant requests to the user content provider,
> or by notifying the complainant of the reason it is not possible to do
> so ... When forwarding the request, the intermediary must provide a
> clear and accessible explanation of the user content provider’s
> rights, including in all cases where the intermediary is compelled by
> law to restrict the content a description of any available
> counter-notice or appeal mechanisms.

The idea is therefore to provide some template text (or even a text
generator) that intermediaries could use to ensure that they do not
forward misleading or incomplete information to their users when content
restriction is requested.  It would probably make most sense for a small
working group to form to begin this work, and to report back to this
main list with a draft.  The template could be launched either at the
IGF (if ready by then), or on the first anniversary of the Principles.

If you are interested in helping work on such a document, please let me
know (off-list is fine).  Also, please take the relaunch of the site in
eight new languages as a good opportunity to blog, tweet and message
your colleagues and contacts about this growing resource.  Many thanks!

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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