Strategy for the Metric
We are seeking comments on our development of the metric from the broad public. Please comment on the proposed metric components.
Some of the components of this metric are widely available through existing human rights and development statistics prepared by widely respected entities such as the World Bank, UNCTAD, the Web Index, Freedom House, the CIRI Human Rights Data Project, and Global Integrity. However, some of these sources do not cover all countries for all years. Those starred* have existing datasets. It is important to note that there are no widely accepted data sets for the non-starred components, and thus, we would need to generate or work with others to generate data for these components. In general, available metrics cover conditions in the country as a whole for freedom of expression or ability to organize, and do not focus on online conditions specifically. However, this strategy accords with the July 12 UN Human Rights Council resolution, which affirmed that "people have the same rights online as they do offline and those rights are applicable regardless of frontiers."¹
¹UN Human Rights Council, "The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet,"
Costas Arkolakis, Yale
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