Strasbourg, 28 September 2009
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CROSS-BORDER INTERNET

Consultation meeting organised by the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 8-9 October 2009
Agora Building
Room G05

Draft Agenda

8 October

9:30 Opening of the meeting

    Information by the secretariat on the CoE work on freedom of expression on the Internet.

    The way forward – implementing the Reykjavik documents.

    Main messages from the EuroDIG.

    General discussion – the human rights dimension of Internet governance

Background documents:

1) Political Declaration adopted at the 1st Ministerial Conference responsible for Media and New Communication Services, in Reykjavik on 28-29 May 2009.

2) Resolution on Internet Governance and critical Internet resources.

3) Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)16 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote public service value of the Internet.

4) World Summit on the Information Society, Declaration of principles Building the Information Society: a global challenge in the new Millennium. http://www.itu.int/wsis/docs/geneva/official/dop.html

5) Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance, June 2005. http://www.wgig.org/docs/WGIGREPORT.pdf

6) Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Internet governance: the next steps COM (2009)277 final. http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/internet_gov/docs/communication/comm2009_277_fin_en.pdf

10:30 Guaranteeing the ongoing functioning, universal nature and integrity of the Internet against risks and events with transnational effects

    · What are the risks that Internet faces and how do they affect security as well as the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms in online environments within and across the borders?
    · What responsibilities do states share with respect to the prevention and management of Internet disruptions or other events falling within their jurisdictions?
    · How can adequate coordination and cooperation with the private sector be ensured?

Background documents:

1) Internet governance and critical Internet resources; report prepared by the Council of Europe Secretariat.

2) Convention on Cybercrime.

3) Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee on the Regions on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection COM(2009)149 final.
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2009:0149:FIN:EN:PDF

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Managing critical Internet resources in the public interest and as a public asset and ensuring delivery of the public service value of the Internet to all persons

      · Which aspects of the technical management of critical Internet resources raise concerns in terms of public policy and have consequences for the exercise of fundamental freedoms and rights?
      · Do current arrangements reflect adequately the public interest? Do they ensure full respect for fundamental freedoms and rights?
      · Is there a need for action? What needs to be done?

Background document

Internet governance and critical Internet resources

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 The role of states with respect to the management of critical Internet resources in a transnational community of actors

      · What roles do states currently have with respect to the management of critical Internet resources?
      · What should be the mutual or shared responsibilities of the states in ensuring delivery of the public service value of the Internet to everyone?
      · Are new standards needed? If yes, of what nature should they be and what should they cover?

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 The role of states with respect to the management of critical Internet resources in a transnational community of actors

Continuation of the discussion

18:00 Close of the first day

9 October

9:30 Preserving and reinforcing the protection of cross-border flow of Internet traffic openness and neutrality

      · What are the risks to access to and free and non-discriminatory flow of content across the borders? What are the implications for the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms on the Internet?
      · What initiatives are currently discussed or implemented at the national level that could ensure a free and non-discriminatory flow of content?

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Preserving and reinforcing the protection of cross-border flow of Internet traffic openness and neutrality

Continuation of the discussion

      · How can international coordination and co-operation among states be fostered in connection with access to content and free flow of information? Which principles should apply?
      · What is the role of the private sector in ensuring openness and neutrality of the Internet at the international level?

Background documents:

1) Convention on Cybercrime

2) Recommendation 1882(2009) The promotion of Internet and online media services appropriate for minors

3) Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to protect children against harmful content and behaviour and to promote their active participation in the new information and communications environment, adopted on 8 July 2009.

4) Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to promote the respect for freedom of expression and information with regard to Internet filters, adopted on 26 March 2008.

5) Declaration on protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the internet, adopted on 20 February 2008

6) Declaration on freedom of expression and information in the media in the context of the fight against terrorism, adopted on 2 March 2005.

7) Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on human rights and the rule of law in the Information Society (CM(2005)56 final)

8) Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet, adopted on 28 May 2003.

9) Recommendation No. R (2001) 8 on self-regulation concerning cyber content.

10) Recommendation No. R (99) 5 for the protection of privacy on the Internet.

11) Human rights guidelines for online games providers (H/Inf(2008)8)

12) Human rights guidelines for Internet service providers (H/Inf(2008)9)

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 Exchange of ideas on the future work of the Ad-hoc Advisory Group on Cross-border Internet (MC-S-CI)

      · Discussion of and proposals for working methods to implement the Terms of Reference of the MC-S-CI.
      · Discussion of concrete results to be achieved and possible outputs and deliverables under the Terms of Reference.
      · Possible involvement of the participants in the meeting in the future work of the group.
      · Discussion of possible involvement of other stakeholders in future work of the group?

Documents

Terms of Reference of the Ad-hoc Advisory Group on Cross Border Internet (MC-S-CI)

16:00 Conclusions

General discussion – tour de table

    Conclusions by Ms Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir, Head of Division, Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland, CDMC Bureau Member.

17:00 Close of the meeting