Dancing the Human Rights Tango – HRPC session at IETF 95 in Buenos Aires

From April 3 – 8, 2016 the IETF will hosts its 95th meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During this meeting the Human Rights Protocol Considerations (HRPC) Research Group (RG), will hold a dedicated session, which will take place on Monday April 4th, from 17.40 – 19.40 UTC-3 in the ‘Atlantico B’ room and can be followed remotely via this link.

The session’s agenda is as follows:


  • Jabber scribe, note takers
  • Agenda Bashing
  • Notewell


  • Status of research group (5 min)
  • Context of research (5 mins)
  • Discussion introduction website https://hrpc.io (5 mins)


  • Presentation + Q&A – Ramsey Nasser on ‘kalbe’ [قلب] a programming language entirely written in Arabic and the issues he came across while developing this (15 mins)
  • Presentation + Q&A – Geoffrey Bowker on Values in Design and difficulties surrounding engineering for social values (15 mins)
  • Presentation + Q&A – Nick Doty on privacy adoption in Internet and web standard setting, and how this could be applied in developing human rights guidelines (15 mins)


  • Discussion of research draft, including first version of considerations (15 mins) See: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-tenoever-hrpc-research
  • Discussion of report draft (15 mins) See: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-doria-hrpc-report
  • Discussion of censorship draft (10 mins) See: https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-hall-censorship-tech
  • Open discussion other drafts, papers, ideas (15 min)

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The first three speakers, Ramsey Nasser, Geoffrey Bowker, and Nick Doty will shine their light on the work done by the HRPC group and connect it to their own research projects. These short talks are aimed at further scoping the extent and depth of the relation between human rights and Internet Protocols.

Ramsey Nasser is a New York based computer scientist investigating programming languages as mediums of self-expression. By looking at code as a vehicle of thought, he develops new languages to explore the relationship between human imagination and machine instruction.

Geoffrey Bowker is Professor at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, where he directs a laboratory for Values in the Design of Information Systems and Technology. This lab and his work focus on questions surrounding the production of new forms of information systems and technology, which express and perform strong social and ethical values.

Nick Doty is a Director of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy and a PhD Candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Information, studying how privacy and other values are considered during the technical design process. He researches privacy in standard setting for the Internet and the Web and co-teaches the Technology & Delegation Lab.

In addition to the session, there will be a screening of the film Net of Rights with local civil society organizations. (More info about the screening will follow soon.) And a civil society (friendly) dinner at the holy cow on Monday, the only vegan restaurant in Buenos Aires, to further discuss the work presented during the HRPC session.

If you want to know more about the work of the HRPC group, you can subscribe to the HRPC mailinglist, find more information on this website and watch the film Net of Rights or email niels@article19.org or corinne@article19.org