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In states where hate speech is prohibited by law, judicial remedies are, in no way an effective alternative to a swift condemnation from political leaders. In some cases, judicial remedies can even serve as an excuse for politicians to evade their own responsibility to speak out against hatred.

Human Rights Groups Unite to Support Non-Judicial Methods to Combat Racist Hate Speech | Human Rights First – a response from a group of US-based human rights organisations to the CERD discussion on racist hate speech earlier this week in Geneva.

The U.N. telecoms agency has invited the world’s more than 2 billion Internet users to join a debate about the future of the Internet. The Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union’s announcement Wednesday follows criticism from civil society groups who say preparations for an upcoming global conference have been shrouded in secrecy. […]
ITU website for public debate: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/public.aspx

The U.N. telecoms agency has invited the world’s more than 2 billion Internet users to join a debate about the future of the Internet. The Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union’s announcement Wednesday follows criticism from civil society groups who say preparations for an upcoming global conference have been shrouded in secrecy. […]
ITU website for public debate: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/public.aspx

3.3 Even if conventional content is separated from other forms of information which have meaning, the expansion of opportunities for authorities to draw inferences about citizens’ intentions or behavior from patterns emerging from electronic traces of their activities is growing exponentially with increases in the volume of the data that citizens generate through their active and passive (e.g. mobile phones being carried from one place to another) use of digital technologies and networks.
3.4 There is no detail in the draft Bill as to what technical algorithms will be used to extract meaning from communications data or what standard of reliability is acceptable. Legislation should set a standard as an acceptable target for performance subject to review in the same way that standards are set for other public services. There need to be agreed target benchmarks against which the proportion of errors can be judged.

Robin Mansell’s evidence on the Draft Communications Data Bill (pdf)

3.3 Even if conventional content is separated from other forms of information which have meaning, the expansion of opportunities for authorities to draw inferences about citizens’ intentions or behavior from patterns emerging from electronic traces of their activities is growing exponentially with increases in the volume of the data that citizens generate through their active and passive (e.g. mobile phones being carried from one place to another) use of digital technologies and networks.
3.4 There is no detail in the draft Bill as to what technical algorithms will be used to extract meaning from communications data or what standard of reliability is acceptable. Legislation should set a standard as an acceptable target for performance subject to review in the same way that standards are set for other public services. There need to be agreed target benchmarks against which the proportion of errors can be judged.

Robin Mansell’s evidence on the Draft Communications Data Bill (pdf)