[Manila Principles] Manila Principles draft 0.98 and background paper released

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Mon Mar 16 15:31:24 PDT 2015

As we approach the Manila Principles meeting this weekend, please find
attached version 0.98 of the principles, which attempts to integrate all
of the latest suggestions.

Changes from the previous version are relatively minor and are shown
with revision marks.  In a few instances where there was disagreement
about proposed changes, the text has been left as-is from the previous
draft.  There are also two places where square brackets remain in the
latest draft: I.b and III.f.  In the current draft we are proposing the
hybrid term "user content provider" to refer to a user whose speech is
facilitated by an intermediary, but remain open to better suggestions.

Also attached is the background paper that has now been updated to
incorporate the comments that some of you made, and has also been
brought into sync with the 0.98 version of the principles. The
background paper will be published on the website as a PDF.  It contains
background information, references, definitions and fuller explanations
of each principle.  We hope that the definitions will also be included
as tooltips that appear when you hover over defined terms on the website.

As the background paper is over 50 pages long, it is not fair that we
ask everyone to give their approval to this document.  Therefore the
preface of the background paper makes it clear that although it has been
drafted in consultation with the larger group, the steering committee
alone takes responsibility for it.  The same will apply to the separate
FAQ and jurisdictional analysis documents.  Although these are intended
to be consistent with the Principles, the only normative document that
we will present for approval in Manila are the principles themselves.

We are still accepting comments and suggestions on the 0.98 draft, but
obviously at this late stage, it would be helpful if these were kept
narrow and did not introduce any brand new ideas.  I'm not re-posting
the Google Docs links here, in order to encourage you to make your
comments through this list, but the links previously shared do remain
available for your use.

For those who will be in Manila, you will each receive a copy of the
0.99 draft for discussion, and the approved 1.0 version of the Manila
Principles will then be released at a workshop at 3:30pm on Tuesday, 24
March 2015 in the Ruby A room at RightsCon.

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

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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