Public Knowledge’s international team focuses their work on the following areas: 

  • defending human rights online;
  • advocating for a multistakeholder model of global internet governance;
  • standing up against international agreements with expansive intellectual property provisions that may hinder users’, innovators’ and consumers’ rights;
  • and actively helping grow global coalitions of public interest advocates to join these causes worldwide.

Public Knowledge works with governments, companies, international agencies, and other organizations to improve the use of a human rights framework in shaping internet policy internationally. The decisions that are made on the international scene regarding internet and intellectual property could have long-lasting disruptive impacts on users’ freedoms, including those in the United States.

Public Knowledge closely follows and participates in international fora on internet governance to ensure government accountability on open internet values. We support a decentralized model of internet governance based on a multistakeholder model that includes active participation from all interested parties, including civil society, the private sector, the technical community, and academia.

Human rights principles that apply offline, such as freedom of expression, free flow of information, and the right to privacy should also be the basis for all international principles on the internet. Public Knowledge is actively working to ensure these principles are present in international negotiations on internet governance.

Public Knowledge is working in collaboration with organizations, advocates, and users from around the world, especially in Latin America and the Global South, to provide support and capacity building on local, regional, and global internet issues.

As the internet becomes more politicized and business and government interests attempt to increase their representation in negotiations and fora, it is crucial that the civil society movement be expanded to protect the public interest and internet rights both domestically and abroad.

PK is also dedicated to helping educate domestic and international activists to notice the signs of and prevent policy laundering on issues that impact consumers, such as privacy and intellectual property.

Complex issues are being negotiated in non-transparent, non-democratic international fora, undermining World Trade Organization (TWO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and national efforts of policy- and law-making. As multinational companies seek to globalize restrictive intellectual property rights, exceptions and limitations as well as fair use principles are being threatened.

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