Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS post 6 - Worldly Charter

    Creating a Charter of Rights for the entire world is an interesting task. You have to consider everyone and their potential perspectives, and I think the GINS helped with this. It gave us a perspective other than our own to look at. I included not only rights derived from my GINS book - Born to Run - but also from books that I've recently read. To name but a few, Pirate Cinema (Cory Doctorow), For The Win (Cory Doctorow), Little Brother (Cory Doctorow), and Brain Jack (Brian Falkner). These books explore issues related to being in a world where the internet is just such a huge part of everything. You can see the influence of the novels in 'Cultural Rights' and 'Online Rights'. More specifically, the rights to Online Anonymity were mainly inspired by Doctorow's novels. Under Cultural Rights, Joel added the right that applies to First Civilizations/Peoples. I took the liberty of adding First Peoples rights to have them consulted on any documents of law that would effect them. We had a few debates about whether to include certain words/clauses on certain sections. Mainly, we discussing whether to add sensuality to the things to be free of discrimination for. We eventually agreed to remove it because it didn't seem required. The definition just doesn't match with what we were including on our list. Another time there was some disagreement is seen under 'Labour Rights'. I wanted to include only 'The right to work', as adding more clauses could provide loopholes for people to exploit. Putting a list of things to not be discriminated for was what was suggested to be added.

Click here to see what we came up with using the Canadian Charter as a base!

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