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Internet governance


Shaping the Digital Environment
Ensuring our Rights on the Internet

13 - 14 March 2014

Venue: Alte Universität, Hofgasse 14, Graz, Austria
Conference languages: English, French

Thursday, 13 March 2014


Welcome Address by Governor Franz Voves

Opening Statements by Philippe Boillat, Director General, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe and Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs


High-Level Panel

Council of Europe Human Rights Standards serving as global baselines for Internet governance

The Conference will open with a high-level panel which will tackle current challenges in the field of Internet governance, such as cybercrime, data protection, Internet governance principles, and the value of multi-stakeholder dialogue.


Questions for consideration


Convention 108 on data protection and the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime – what threshold of support will make them de facto global standards?

What is the best way for states to protect the Internet from harm?

Mass surveillance – can privacy still exist in our daily lives?

How free can we really be on the Internet? What scope for a mapping of restrictions on freedom of expression and access to information online?


Moderator               Jussi-Pekka Koskiranta, Cross Media Professional



Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO
Philippe Boillat, Director General, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe
Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor
Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media


Coffee Break


Panel 1

Internet governance strategy and oversight - Council of Europe priorities in 2014-2015


The panel will discuss priorities of the Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy for the period 2014-2015.


Questions for consideration


Collective or national strategies on Internet governance?

What has been achieved and what must still be achieved within the current Internet Governance Strategy?

How to mainstream multi-stakeholderism in Council of Europe standard-setting, monitoring and cooperation activities?


Moderator              Gea Rennel, Committee of Ministers’ Thematic co-ordinator on Information Policy, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the Council of Europe


Wolfgang Benedek, European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Graz
Cornelia Kutterer,
Director of Regulatory Policy for Microsoft EMEA, Microsoft (tbc)
Maja Rakovic, Chair, Steering Committee on Media and Information Society of the  Council of Europe
Michael Rotert, Chairman, eco - Association of the German Internet Industry, Berlin

Robert Shlegel, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe


Lunch Reception hosted by Mayor Siegfried Nagl


Panel 2

Privacy and self-determination on the Internet: user orientation, guidance and effective remedies


The panel will discuss the right to privacy online and what users themselves can do to manage their online identities. This will include reference to the upcoming Council of Europe Recommendation on a Guide on Human Rights for Internet Users.


Questions for consideration


How can stakeholders enable Internet users to be informed, decide and consent online?

Can political decision making be influenced by big data collected by businesses?

What remedies are available in Europe to remedy infringements on privacy, and are they effective?

Council of Europe Guide on Human Rights for Internet users – what expectations and next steps?


Moderator              Matthias Traimer, Head of Department, Media Affairs and Information Society, Federal Chancellery, Austria



Marie Georges, Consultant, Fundamental rights and personal data, Paris
Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Special Adviser, Danish Institute for Human Rights
Douwe Korff, Professor of international law, London Metropolitan University
Pablo García Mexía, Letrado de las Cortes, Spain


Coffee Break


Panel 3

Public service and Internet content – next generation education, cultures and freedoms in public service delivery


The panel will discuss the Internet as a public commons, a digital public space. Those serving the public interest (education, libraries, media etc.) also need to deliver their services using the Internet. Adapting to the digital environment is an important means of improving the accessibility of public services, partnering with online companies, and thereby developing added value and relevance to citizens.


Questions for consideration


What do next generation education, culture and freedom imply?

Is the right to knowledge and the right to create and re-create content being unduly undermined?

How are public services delivered differently using the Internet?

What frameworks for private sector delivery of public services and content?


Moderator              Marianne Franklin, Professor, Global Media & Politics, Goldsmiths University of London



Lizzie Jackson, Ravensbourne College of Design and communication, London (tbc)
Bettina Kann, Austrian National Library
Beth Noveck, Director, The Governance Lab, NYU (tbc)
Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, Media Director, EBU


Council of Europe Book Launch: “Freedom of Expression and the Internet” by Professor Wolfgang Benedek and Dr Matthias C. Kettemann


Reception hosted by Governor Franz Voves on the occasion of the Conference in the state rooms of Graz Burg (Hofgasse 15, 8010 Graz; 5 minutes walking distance from Conference Venue)

Friday, 14 March 2014



Statement by Josef Ostermayer, Chancellery Minister, Austria


Panel 4

Business and Human Rights – Government and Business Expectations for Industry Responsibility

The panel will consider how private enterprises apply human rights standards to their activities on the Internet. What regulation and self-regulation should there be to ensure human rights are effectively protected on the Internet.


Questions for consideration


What does Internet governance mean for business in view of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by UN Special Representative John Ruggie which were endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council on 16 June 2011?

What role for corporate lobbyists in shaping human rights policy on the Internet?

What state regulation of Internet actors is necessary and proportionate to ensure human rights are respected?

Is self-regulation of private sector Internet actors working?  


Moderator              Gus Hosein, Executive Director, Privacy International



Matthias Kloth, Human Rights Law and Policy Division, Council of Europe
Matthias C. Kettemann, University of Graz
Christina Lamprou, Head of the Department of Audiovisual Affairs, Greece
Charles McCathie Nevile, Yandex
Eija Pitkanen, TeliaSonera, Telecommunications Industry Dialogue


Coffee Break


Panel 5

Internet Governance Strategy 2016-2019 – Emerging priorities


The panel will look to the future with regard to upcoming issues such as big data, re-wiring democracy, online content concentrations and influence that could be addressed by the next Internet Governance Strategy.


Questions for consideration


Which are the major Internet-related issues and related actions that should be addressed by the Council of Europe from 2016?

What key partnerships and synergies between Council of Europe and other organisations and bodies should be fostered?

Beyond legally and politically binding instruments, how can the Council of Europe deliver tangible safeguards for human rights on-line?


Moderator              Thomas Hajnoczi, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva



Richard Brown, Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Ireland
Bakhtiyar N. Mammadov, Head of Legal and Human Resources department, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Azerbaijan
Frédéric Riehl, Head of International Affairs, Federal Office of Communication, Switzerland
Siim Sikkut, National ICT Policy Adviser, Government Office of Estonia
Joana Varon,
Center for Technology and Society, Brasil (tbc)


Concluding Remarks


Helmut Tichy, Legal Adviser of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria

Philippe Boillat, Director General, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe





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