UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue

Frank La Rue is "Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression" at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Free expression and the Internet

Frank la Rue's 2011 report criticised the UK's Digital Economy Act and France's Hadopi for measures aimed at disconnecting users from the Internet, even temporarily.[1]

The report provides a comprehensive view of the interaction between free expression and the Internet, and key concerns including blocking and filtering.

Internet governance

Responding to the ITU discussions in Dubai, La Rue said:

"“Civil society participation is essential to ensure legitimacy of global discussions on the future of internet. The only consensus reached so far on this matter, is that the future of the internet has to be determined in a multi-stakeholder dialogue, where no positions can be imposed unilaterally"[2]

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References

  1. Internet and freedom of expression 16 May 2011
  2. Civil society participation in Internet debate is key, says UN expert, UN, Geneva, 19 December 2012