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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 -
Our Rights,
Our Freedoms"


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Newsletter N° 5 - December 2011 / January 2012

Season's greetings and best wishes for the New Year


"Our Internet - Our Rights, Our Freedoms"
 Towards the Council of Europe Strategy on Internet Governance 2012 - 2015

Austrian Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Michael Spindelegger and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland have called for the Internet to be governed according to human rights standards ahead of a joint conference in Vienna.

“We must ensure that there are the same standards for the protection of human rights off-line and online. We must not tolerate double standards when it comes to issues such as the right to private life”, said the Austrian Vice Chancellor.

“Access to the Internet has become essential for enjoying democratic freedoms. Citizens should enjoy a maximum of rights while being subject to a minimum of risks. This is the big challenge we are faced with”, added the Secretary General.

The conference -“Our Internet – Our rights, Our freedoms” (24 and 25 November) - brought together representatives of the private sector, civil society and governments to discuss how to best protect human rights on the Internet. Speakers include Richard Allan, Director of Policy of Facebook in Europe, Daniel Domscheit-Berg of Openleaks, Simon Hampton, Director of European Public Policy of Google and the BBC’s Nik Gowing.

The results of the conference will contribute to the preparation of the Council of Europe strategy on Internet governance for the period 2012-15.

Summary of the main messages and outcomes of the Conference prepared by the Council of Europe Secretariat

Conference Website

Protecting you and your rights: the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime ten years on

Ten years after its adoption, the Budapest Convention still represents the only accepted international treaty to protect freedom, security and human rights online.

In a series of workshops on 21 and 22 November, the 250 or so participants have looked into:
· Effective measures against the sexual exploitation and abuse of children
· Cybercrime strategies: key elements and good practices
· High-tech crime units and 24/7 points of contact (workshop closed to the press)
· Capacity building: results of technical cooperation projects.

Key messages, presentations and videos of the Conference 


Monaco Conference
Council of Europe mapped out its children’s rights strategy for 2012-2015

Building a child-friendly Europe: turning a vision into reality

The Council of Europe has brought together ministers, Members of Parliaments, children’s rights defenders and civil society representatives to finalise its new strategy for children’s rights at a conference held under the auspices of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover on 20 and 21 November in Monaco.

The strategy is designed to enhance the capacity of the Council of Europe and its 47 member states to ensure respect for children’s rights, in particular by developing child-friendly services, by eliminating all forms of violence against children and by promoting a culture of respect for children’s rights, needs and opinions.

Three subjects were addressed at the workshops:

· Making children the masters of the game: the challenges of data protection in the new media environment

· Empowering children through learning: democratic citizenship and human rights education

· Strong families for strong children: policies in support of positive parenting.

Conference website

New publication
Karol Jakubowicz: Media revolution in Europe: ahead of the curve

The "rags to riches" story of Karol Jakubowicz's involvement in the work of the Council of Europe took him from the role of an awestruck newcomer from Poland in 1990 to that of the Chairman of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (2005-06). Along the way, he was elected, delegated by the Steering Committee, and invited by the Council of Europe Secretariat to serve in a number of other capacities. In all of them, he contributed a wide variety of papers, reports and studies to assist the steering committee and other bodies in collecting information and formulating ideas in the general field of freedom of expression, creation of free and democratic media systems (including the issue of public service media), regulation of transfrontier television, the adjustment of Council of Europe human rights standards to the conditions of the information society, and the development of broadcasting legislation in Council of Europe member states.

The present collection of these papers and reports is published in the conviction that they retain their value and relevance. It provides the additional benefit of offering a glimpse of the work preceding the formulation of Committee of Ministers recommendations and declarations, as well as resolutions of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

Link to Council of Europe online bookshop

Karol Jakubowicz

United Kingdom Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

15th and last meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and New Communication Services - CDMC

On 7 November 2011, the UK took over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Priorities of the Chairmanship

D – Internet governance, including freedom of expression on the Internet
The UK strongly supports an open internet, not only in terms of access and content but also freedom of expression. Our Chairmanship will work towards the adoption of the Council of Europe Internet governance strategy by the Committee of Ministers. We will also give impetus to the principles that the Council of Europe has developed to uphold freedom of expression on the internet and provide support to other initiatives, to ensure that all member states live up to their international obligations in this area.”

Having reached the end of its mandate, the CDMC met for the last time from 29 November to 2 December in Strasbourg.

On its agenda, there were a lot of important standard setting texts to finalise concerning: the protection of human rights with regard to search engines, the protection of human rights with regard to social networking services, libel tourism and gender aspects of Council of Europe standard setting texts.

The CDMC worked also on a preparatory work for its successor Steering Committee on media and Information Society (CDMSI) that will take over as from 1 January.

Abridged meeting report

See the terms of reference of the CDMSI.


Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (T-PD)

Internet: Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights

The Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (T-PD), established under Article 18 of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data [ETS No. 108], held its 27th meeting in Strasbourg from 29 November to 2 December 2011, with Mr Jean-Philippe Walter (Switzerland) in the chair.

Speech by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Abridged Report

The Research and Library Division of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights has conducted a study on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) and the Internet. This study provides a reliable and up-to-date overview of cases concerning the Internet that have already been dealt with by the ECtHR or are still pending – this being a constantly evolving subject.

Link to the study

Council of Europe alerts against pressure and attacks on new media, whistleblowers and human rights defenders websites

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers alerted its member states about the risks to the rights to freedom of expression and association that may be created by politically motivated pressure on Internet platforms and online service providers. It also expressed concern about the threat to these rights caused by cyber attacks against websites of independent media, whistleblowers, human right defenders and dissidents.
In a Declaration the Committee of Ministers stressed the need to affirm the roles of these actors as facilitators of the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association. It also stated that human rights standards should be applied in situations were there is interference with Internet content and with access to websites hosting it, as well as with online community interactions.



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