The Resolution highlights the importance of protecting human rights, including freedom of speech, right to privacy and, equal opportunity to across genders and borders in enabling development and innovation on the Internet. The Resolution also highlights the need for promoting access to new technologies to persons with disabilities (Paragraph 7). Finally, the Resolution highlights the need for sovereign and global cooperation to enhance security on the Internet and promote trust amongst Internet users.
The Resolution calls (Paragraph 1) for online rights equal to the rights that people have offline in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). It affirms the importance of global cooperation in bridging various digital divides and the role of digital literacy in promoting right to education (Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Condemning the violations of human rights committed on users for exercising their free expression on the internet, the resolution calls upon States to formulate transparent policies (including all stakeholders) and strengthen security measures on the Internet (Paragraphs 8, 9, 12).
Finally, the Resolution requests the High Commissioner to consult States, international organizations, communities, and industries to prepare a report on ways to bridge the gender digital divide. The High Commissioner is requested to submit the report at the thirty-fifth session. (Paragraph 13)
The summary of this document is part of the report produced on the Stanford Law School Intermediary Liability and Human Rights Policy Practicum and is based on the work of Savni Dutt. The full report “The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ and Blocking Orders under the American Convention: Emerging Issues in Intermediary Liability and Human Rights”, can be accessed here.