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[17 November 2011] "Our Internet - Our Rights, Our Freedoms". Council of Europe Conference in Vienna
A high level conference organised by the
Council of Europe and the Federal Ministry of European
and International Affairs of Austria on the theme “Our
Internet – Our rights, Our freedoms” will take place in
Vienna on 24 and 25 November.
·What are the legal standards needed to
protect privacy online effectively?
[3 November 2011] United Kingdom Chairmanship of the Council of Europe
The UK takes over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for six months on 7 November; the government published its chairmanship programme on Wednesday, 26 October.
Extract of the programme:
“D – Internet governance, including
freedom of expression on the Internet
[27 October 2011] "Our Internet - Our Rights, Our Freedoms". Towards the Council of Europe strategy on Internet governance 2012-2015
Hosted and organised by the Federal Ministry for
European and International Affairs of Austria together
with the Council of Europe
The background to and aim of the Conference - which
is open to people with a professional interest in the
Internet - is the elaboration of a new four-year Council
of Europe strategy to advance the protection and respect
for human rights, rule of law and democracy on the
[23 September 2011] Council of Europe calls for state cooperation to respond to disruptions to the Internet
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted two recommendations and two declarations that call on states to uphold free speech online, including when it is threatened by disruptions or interferences to the Internet. In a Recommendation on the protection and promotion of the universality, integrity and openness of the Internet the Committee laid out a framework of co-operation for member states with a view to preserve a global, stable and open Internet as a means of safeguarding freedom of expression and access to information.
[20 September 2011] Maximising rights, minimising restrictions in cyberspace
Rights should be maximised and restrictions minimised while protecting the Internet from disruptions, protecting human rights online and fighting cybercrime. This will be the key message of the Council of Europe at the 6th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which the UN is organising in Nairobi from 27 to 30 September.
Access to the Internet has become a pre-condition for people’s freedom of expression and ability to assemble and participate in public life. However, the Internet is exposed to threats; international cooperation is needed to address them. How can states, companies and civil society cooperate to protect users´ freedom, privacy and security in order for them to trust and feel safe on the Internet?
The Council of Europe will present its work to answer these questions and is organising four workshops and an open forum, and is supporting a session on the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, will participate in several meetings, including the opening ceremony.
[21 July 2011] Conciliate respect for private life and right to informationYou go somewhere, you buy something, you apply for a job, you pay your bills : you live ... and at each of those moments of your life, your personal information is used, collected, processed. In order to protect your right to private life, with regard to the automatic processing of your personal data, the Council of Europe drafted the "Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data".
[6 June 2011] Fourth EuroDIG: multistakeholder dialogue on Internet governance must be further strengthened
fourth "European Dialogue on Internet Governance”
conference, EuroDIG 2011, finished with a broad support
of participants to further strengthening the
multistakeholder dialogue model for Internet governance,
based on the understanding that it is the only way to
effectively address the challenges the Internet brings
to public policy. Participants stressed that events such
as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the EuroDIG
- with its concept spreading to regional and national
levels - are already influencing decision making.
[13 April 2011] Council of Europe - Internet Freedom Conference - Strasbourg (France) - 18 and 19 April 2011
How to guarantee
Internet freedom? What are the principles for this
freedom? What could be the global legal framework for
this freedom? Who are the relevant stakeholders of such
a freedom and what are their respective roles?
[15 March 2011] The religious dimension of intercultural heritage; private information on the internet, 18 March, Paris (France)
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
[23 February 2011] Human rights, Search engines and Social networking services – Public consultation on draft recommendations and guidelines for self regulation
The Council of Europe's expert committee on new media (MC-NM) is preparing draft recommendations on the protection of human rights with regard to search engines as well as on measures to protect and promote the respect of human rights with regard to social networking services. Both texts will be supplemented by guidelines intended to facilitate self-regulation. In order to ensure that relevant service providers and other stakeholders are fully involved in this process, the expert committee invites all relevant stakeholders (service providers, user and civil society organisations, etc.) to comment on the text(s) of relevance to their activity. Read more
[8 February 2011] Safer Internet Day: Stopping sexual predators using Internet to solicit children
must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough to
protect children on the Internet. Child pornography and
grooming of children for sexual purposes are crimes that
can be prevented and have to be prosecuted. I call upon
the internet community to join our "one in five
campaign" and work together to put a stop to sexual
violence against children including through intensive
awareness raising efforts", said Maud de
Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council
of Europe, to mark Safer Internet Day on 8 February.
[2 February 2011] The protection of journalists' sources
In its Recommendation 1950 (2011), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recalls that the free exercise of journalism is enshrined in the right to freedom of expression and information, which is guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5) ("the Convention"). This right constitutes the foundation of a democratic society and an indispensable requirement for its progress and the development of every individual. Link to Recommendation
[28 January 2011] Data Protection Day: guaranteeing individuals' privacy rights
annual Data Protection Day aims to give people the
chance to understand what personal data is collected and
processed about them and why, and what their rights are
with respect to this processing.
the challenges raised by the rapid development of
information technology, privacy rights matter more than
ever. The Data Protection Convention has been a key tool
ensuring this right for 30 years and must be adapted to
ensure this for the next 30 years as well,”
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said, emphasising “the
need for a truly international framework that is human
rights based, flexible, transparent and inclusive.”
[27 January 2011] The Internet Literacy Handbook now available in Armenian
The Internet Literacy Handbook, intended for parents, teachers and young people, is a guide to getting the most out of the Internet and how to protect privacy on websites and social networks. Since the first publication in 2006, the handbook has been updated. It is available in more than 10 languages and in different formats: flash, HTML, PDF and a printed edition (link). The Armenian HTML version was prepared by Media Education Center with the support of World Vision. Link to Armenian HTML version
[30 November 2010] Council of Europe adopts recommendation on profiling and data protection
The council of Europe Committee of Ministers has adopted a new recommendation on profiling and data protection, the first text to lay down internationally-agreed minimum privacy standards to be implemented through national legislation and self-regulation.
Profiling is the technique of observing, collecting and matching people’s personal data online, which can now be performed easily, rapidly and invisibly with new communications technology.
Profiling techniques can benefit both individuals, the economy and society by, for instance, leading to better market segmentation or permitting an analysis of risks and fraud. However their use without precautions and specific safeguards could severely damage human dignity by unjustifiably depriving individuals from accessing certain goods or services. (more)
[27 September 2010] The
council of Europe at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
[17 June 2010]
EuroDIG 2010 - Messages