Internet governance

w Overview
w Security
w Openness
w Health
w Access
w Human Rights - Democracy
w Diversity
w Critical internet


Rights of Internet users


Internet Governance Strategy


Unlimited connections - A brochure for young people

Human rights guidelines for Internet service providers

Human rights guidelines for online games providers

Calendar of events and meetings

"Our Internet -
Our Rights,
Our Freedoms"


w EuroDIG

w United Nations/Internet Governance Forum


Newsletter N° 3 - July / August 2011


European dialogue on Internet governance 2011
A multistakeholder dialogue to address the challenges the Internet brings to public policy

During two days the conference brought together more than 500 participants – a hundred of them participating from 12 regional remote hubs across Europe - from the private sector, governments, international organisations, youth, media, civil society and the academic and technical communities to discuss public policy issues and challenges related to the Internet.

The need to protect privacy on the Internet was present in many of the discussions. A common idea that was underlined is the need to raise users´ awareness on their rights as much as on the consequences of their actions when managing their personal data online. This should be a shared responsibility between public authorities, industry and civil society. Education of users, for example of social networks, was highlighted as a key priority.

Another topic of discussion was the protection of critical resources of the Internet in Europe, especially having in mind the fast development of the Internet and the need for security of the infrastructure, since the increased use of the Internet and the intensity of network traffic creates risks for the quality of services. It is thus necessary to create procedures for a fast and secure recovery in case of an attack or a failure. What also needs to be done is to define critical segments and potential threats so that they can be efficiently neutralised. (more information)

EuroDIG 2012 will take place in Stockholm.

Messages from Belgrade

European Broadcasting Union and Council of Europe join forces to promote media freedom and pluralism


On 20 June 2011, the Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn.

The Memorandum of Understanding defines shared objectives and values, in particular the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and creates a framework for strengthening and further developing the existing cooperation between the two organisations.

Press release

Human Rights in a globalised world – challenges for the media

"Today we understand that the strongest force of globalisation is in bringing a new sense of freedom and enlightenment for which the Internet is its symbol."

Keynote speech by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum


International Data Protection Conference, 16 and 17 June 2011, Budapest

Jörg Polakiewicz speech - Convention 108 as a global privacy standard?

Global education on-line training-course - A North-South Centre new pedagogical tool

This introductory online training course on global education (GE), with a particular focus on human rights (HR), targets practitioners in the field of education and development, teachers, social and youth workers, as well as policy-makers, civil servants and local and regional authorities.

 More information

Recommendation 1906 (2010) Rethinking creative rights in the Internet age

The extraordinary development of the digital society has significantly upset the balance between the copyrights of authors of intellectual works, investors and the general public, and raises questions and issues as to the functioning of democracy, the protection of human rights and the viability of the rule of law. It also raises ethical questions and questions relating to property, particularly intellectual property.

Link to the Recommendation of the Parliamentary Assembly


Medicines on the net - risks and benefits

The Council of Europe drafted a convention which constitutes, for the first time, a binding international instrument in the criminal law field on counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health.


Medicrime website


Book: An introduction to Internet Governance

by Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, founding director of DiploFoundation



Book is available for viewing and downloading


What is a RFID

RFID (Radio-frequency identification) is an identification technology relying on three components
- A tag, which is attached to or incorporated in the object to be identified;
- A reader, used to read the tag when it is whithin range;
- An information system, which receives data from the reader and processes it.



The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world. We promote cooperation between broadcasters and facilitate the exchange of audiovisual content. The EBU works to ensure that  the crucial role of public service broadcasters is recognised and taken into consideration by decision-makers.

Link to website


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit organisation based in the United States who is defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights.

Link to website


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