Shaping the digital environment – ensuring our rights on the Internet

Internet governance

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Shaping the digital environment –
ensuring our rights on the Internet

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Austria will organise within the framework of the Austrian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe a Conference entitled “Shaping the Digital Environment – Ensuring our Rights on the Internet”.

The Conference will take place on 13 and 14 March 2014 in Graz (Austria) and will be held in the Aula of the Old University.

The Conference will address current challenges and responses to make the internet an inclusive and people-centred space in the follow-up of the Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy 2012-2015, adopted in 2012.

It will build upon a multi-stakeholder approach, and discuss challenges and best practices in the light of recent developments in the field of Internet governance. Participants will take stock of the progress made on the Council of Europe's Internet Governance Strategy, thereby also identifying possible ways forward beyond 2015. They will address inter alia:

  1. privacy and self-determination on the internet
  2. public interest content on the Internet
  3. business and human rights – industry responses to user rights

The Conference will be held at the level of representatives and experts from governments, international organisations, industry and civil society. It will be opened with a High-Level Panel. Working languages of the Conference will be English and French.

Persons wishing to participate are invited to pre-register on-line.

The Conference will be webcast.


Internet Governance - Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015

The Council of Europe Strategy on Internet Governance (2012-2015): Mid-Term Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe


Practical Information

The Conference will take place at the Aula of the Old University (Alte Universität) , Hofgasse 14
A-8010 Graz.

Conference hotels, most of which are within 5 minutes walking distance of the Conference room, may be booked on-line.

Further information on Graz and how to get there is available in our Practical Information Sheet.


Media accreditation

Journalists who wish to attend are kindly asked to register with the Press Department of the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs by Tuesday, 11 March 2014, including their first name, surname, media and country to:

The accreditation desk is located on the 1st floor of the Old University. Badges will be handed over to registered journalists upon presentation of a press pass.

The accreditation desk will be open as follows:

on Thursday, 13 March, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on Friday, 14 March, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact details for inquiries regarding media accreditation/registration:

Austrian Ministry for  Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs; Press Department

Claudia Kluger, +43 (0) 50 11 50–3315,