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[infowar.de] Zivilgesellschaft zum "Sicherheits"-Abschnitt der WSIS-Erklärung
Die neue Draft Summit Declaration für den Weltgipfel
Informationsgesellschaft wurde heute Nachmittag verteilt. Der Security
and Privacy Caucus der Zivilgesellschaftsgruppen hat eine Stellungnahme
erstellt, die beigefügt ist. Der neue Draft der Gipfelerklärung liegt
leider noch nicht elektronisch vor, wird aber irgendwann unter
www.wsis.org zu finden sein.
Civil Society Information Security and Privacy Working group
Statement on paragraphs 34-37 of the new Draft Declaration of
17 July 2003
We appreciate the work of the ad hoc working group, chaired by the
European Union, in building consensus on the language of paragraphs
34-37 in the Draft Declaration.
'Building Confidence and Security' in the information society covers a
broad range of intersecting issues and rights which go beyond those of
national security. Foremost amongst these are the security of users, the
right to legal protection and the right to privacy and anonymity in
transaction, interaction, and expression. The collection, analysis and
release of personal data - no matter by whom - should remain under the
control of the individual concerned.
Indivisible human rights as enshrined in the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights which are - social, economic, cultural and
political - of all peoples, must be protected. Included in this human
rights framework are those of privacy and consumer protection and we
support the consensus language drafted by the ad hoc group in this
We propose the deletion of paragraph 35C. Language such as "It is also
necessary to prevent the use of information resources and technologies
for criminal and terrorist ends" is extremely vague, ambiguous creates
the potential for misuse and contributes to developing a culture of fear
and uncertainty. Rather we recommend a consultative and open approach to
developing appropriate, proportionate, and feasible solutions including
the use of free and open source software whose source code is freely
available to be changed and verified; and through full disclosure of
risks and breaches, accessible to all. Such consultation and openness
will enhance the "culture of cyber-security" referred to in the Draft
We propose the deletion of paragraph 35D as it overstates the national
security interests of governments and neglect the rights of individuals
and organizations who make use of electronic communication networks. As
we all agree, the information society has to be people-centered, which
includes individuals' rights.
No implicit or explicit delegation of judicial power should be given to
or imposed on Internet Service Providers to monitor or make judgements
on the nature and content of any information stored on or transacted
through their systems. As the German government has recently decided -
no private entity can be forced to perform the role of law enforcement.
Workers' privacy in the workplace - where ICTs are increasingly being
used for the purpose of surveillance and monitoring - must be protected.
Where new technologies or policies are introduced which may infringe on
workers' privacy rights, prior agreement with workers or unions must be
sought in an open and transparent manner.
The WSIS should also recognize that one of the greatest threats to
"information security" lies in the militarization of the information
sphere, including the development and deployment of "information
warfare" technologies and techniques, and the purposeful destruction of
civilian communication systems during conflicts in violation of
international law. The WSIS should encourage work on a future convention
against information warfare to address these concerns.
In summary we call for:
1. The promotion and education of a culture of security that protects
the rights of the individual, assures open communication, consultation,
and the use of free and open source software in the development of
technically reliable systems
2. Protection and enforcement of human rights, especially the rights to
privacy, anonymity, freedom from censorship, and legal protection
3. Enforcement of the principle that individuals' human rights and civil
liberties can not be neglected in the interests of national sovereignty
and national security
4. Work towards a convention against information warfare.
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