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Internet governance

The Internet has a tremendous impact on societies all over the world. According to ComScore Networks, in 1999 there were 300 million internet users. This number reached 2 billion in 2011.

The Council of Europe strives for Internet governance which is guided by the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It works to minimise risks of the misuse of the Internet but also to maximise the potential of the Internet to improve the quality of life, including of disabled persons.

The Council of Europe contributes to accessible, affordable, secure, reliable, sustainable and continuously available Internet services. It seeks to protect freedom of expression and the free circulation of information on the Internet, balancing them, where necessary, with other legitimate rights and interests.

The Council of Europes action in this field is based on conventions and innovative tools aimed at combating cybercrime, protecting children from harmful Internet content, preventing cyberterrorism, protecting consumers from counterfeit medicines and medical products as well as promoting e-democracy and full participation of people with disabilities in society both offline and online.

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