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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 -
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Our Freedoms"


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Newsletter N° 2 - May / June 2011



Council of Europe support and participation: fourth European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)
30 and 31 May - Belgrade

The Council of Europe will actively participate in the EuroDIG as a key European organisation in the field of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. As in everyday life, human rights and rule of law principles and standards should also be respected and protected on line.

The aim of EuroDIG is to provide an open platform for informal and inclusive discussion and exchange on public policy issues related to Internet governance between stakeholders from all over Europe, with particular regard to the next edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27 to 30 September 2011. Topics to be addressed include data protection, cybersecurity and cybercrime, new media freedoms and responsibilities, critical Internet resources, ethics and corporate responsibility, hate speech and freedom of expression, identity, anonymity and privacy, digital literacy and skills, as well as new and emerging Internet services and business models.
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Council of Europe Conference, 18-19 April: Internet freedom – from principles to global treaty law?

The conference brought together over 150 representatives of Council of Europe member and non-member states, and members of the business and technical communities, as well as civil society activists from both Europe and beyond. Discussions provided a comprehensive insight into Internet freedom and the normative frameworks that are needed to support it internationally.

A set of ten draft principles on Internet governance, proposed by a Council of Europe group of experts, were considered by conference participants as reflecting the spirit of principles developed by the Internet community.

The Internet’s sustainability was considered a sine-qua-non condition for Internet freedom. Citizens’ reliance on and confidence in the network, as well as states’ mutual expectations regarding a stable and functioning Internet, give rise to state responsibilities to preserve the Internet. At present these principles can be formalised in a soft law framework. A deeper reflection on the global nature of the Internet and the legal constructs that could support it internationally, as well as on roles of stakeholders, should continue. (more)


Data protection - Modernisation of Convention 108

The public consultation on the modernisation of Convention 108 led to high quality contributions of nearly 50 actors, for a total compiled content of circa 400 pages, originating from state actors (including non-European ones) as well as other stakeholders (NGOs, academia and private firms) and individuals. The outcome of this consultation will be instrumental in the modernisation of Convention 108 entrusted to the Consultative Committee of the Convention.

Link to Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data

Council of Europe - Data protection website


New publication - Divina FRAU-MEIGS

Media matters in the cultural contradictions of the "information society" - Towards a human rights-based governance (2011)

Is an online identity protected by freedom of expression or is it a form of publicity subject to trademark law? Is online privacy a commercial service or a public right? What are the limits of consent when dealing with privacy as a service? What are "free", "open", or "public" services on the Internet and how can citizens use them effectively? What policy initiatives can ensure that the digital networks deliver the goods, spectacles and services for our everyday activities that improve our quality of life? What role for governments, the private sector and civil society? What frameworks for international policy instruments to achieve a fair, inclusive and balanced governance of the media as they go digital?

Link to Council of Europe online bookshop

More about Divina Frau-Meigs (in French)


A priority for the Council of Europe: protect children against harmful content and behaviour and promote their active participation in the new information and communications environment

Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states

Helping to make the internet accessible to disabled people

New technology can be both a blessing and a curse to a disabled person. Creating a level playing field throughout Europe is one of the Council of Europe’s missions.


Access and diversity

CultureWatchEurope: Cultural governance observatory

The Council of Europe’s CultureWatchEurope Platform (CWE) promotes culture as "the soul of democracy" by offering an innovative and evidence-based overview of culture, heritage and media developments in Europe. CultureWatchEurope adds value to the Organisation’s existing information tools, programmes and methods by linking them and by inviting civil society to contribute.




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Filtering the Internet for copyrighted content in Europe

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