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Strasbourg, 7 November 2005

MC-S-IS(2005)012

 

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GROUP OF SPECIALISTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS
IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

(MC-S-IS)

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2nd meeting
14 and 15 September 2005
Strasbourg, Human Rights Building

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REPORT

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18. One member of the Group underlined the importance of showcasing the positive effects of the Information Society on human rights in the planning of the 2006 Forum. As regards the negative effects, the Secretariat suggested that the excellent work carried out by the expert consultant on harmful content could also be showcased. The question of human rights in the context of Internet governance was also discussed.

The Chairperson concluded that the possible themes for the 2006 Forum should be considered in more detail at the third meeting of the Group in December 2005.

19. Several members of the Group indicated that the planned dates of the third meeting of the Group on 2 and 3 December 2005 clashed with the key dates of other important meetings. The Group and the Secretariat therefore agreed to reschedule the third meeting to take place in Strasbourg on 12 and 13 December 2005.

Item 13 of the agenda: Other business

20. None.


1 With reference to the following elements of the Terms of Referance of the Group: (i) to examine the roles and responsibilities of different Internet actors so that guidelines may be developed to promote their ethical conduct and responsibility, while being respectful of freedom of expression; (ii) to examine ways to promote the Council of Europe standards concerning Human Rights in the Information Society, for example through the setting-up of national contact points; (iii) to develop strategies to encourage respect for Council of Europe principles and standards by the different actors in the Information Society, with particular regard given to the transparency of their work in the processing and presentation of information.