Conference on Transparency to protect Internet freedom: a shared commitment
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



Transparency to protect Internet freedom: a shared commitment

Multi-stakeholder dialogue on enhanced cooperation for informed decision making

Strasbourg, 24-25 September 2013, Palais de l’Europe, Room 10


Tuesday, 24 September 2013





Welcoming address by Jan Kleijssen, Director, Directorate of Information Society and Action against Crime


Introductory session

Introduction by Thomas Schneider, Member of the Bureau of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

Keynote presentation by Joy Liddicoat, Association for Progressive Communications, on improving transparency and mutual trust by supporting and committing to Internet freedom


Coffee break


Session 1: Defining a baseline of commitments

This session will discuss the scope of key Internet Governance standards of the Council of Europe, in particular the Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on Internet governance principles (2011) and the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection and promotion of the universality, integrity and openness of the Internet (2011). It will seek to develop a common understanding of how states and other stakeholders can, in their respective roles, manifest their commitment to these principles in order to maintain a dynamic, inclusive and successful Internet.

-        Can a shared framework of commitments be achieved?

-        What would its scope be?, and

-        What form could it take?

Framing presentation: Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus



Ms Joanna Kulesza, University of Lødz


Ambassador Gea Rennel, Committee of Ministers’ Thematic coordinator on Information Policy
Oleksandr Tsaruk, Committee on Informatization and Information Technologies, Ukraine
Slobodan Markovic, Serbia
Anne Claire Jamart, Cornell Law School, United States
Joana Varon Ferraz, Centre for Technology and Society, Rio, Brasil


Close of session, followed by

Cocktail at the Parliamentarian’s bar

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


Session 2- Being transparent about transparency

Events in 2013 have highlighted that internet users’ trust in the authorities and businesses to protect their human rights as they interact on the internet has be seriously undermined. This session will review existing reporting mechanisms, transparency reports, etc. exploring their strengths and weaknesses. It will identify information gaps which limit stakeholders’ ability to document, analyse and foresee issues so that they can take well informed decisions respectful of human rights and where necessary provide remedies.

-        Is enough information sharing among stakeholders taking place to prevent serious harm to the Internet?

-        What is not covered in current transparency reports?

-        What are the risks when transparency is lacking?

Framing presentation: Gus Hosein, Privacy International



Nigel Hickson, ICANN

David Martinon, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris
Divina Frau-Meigs, Université de Paris 3-Sorbonne
Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation
John Kampfner, Global Network Initiative
Claudia Selli, AT & T


Coffee break


Session 3 –How to improve information sharing and transparency

This session will look into initiatives taken by various stakeholders to improve the exchange of information and transparency. It will discuss the feasibility of enhancing cooperation to set up a multi-stakeholder arrangement to regularly take stock of actions affecting Internet freedom. It will identify the scope of such an arrangement and the roles various stakeholders could play. How can information sharing be improved to mitigate risks to Internet freedom?

-        How can information sharing take place to prevent serious harm to the Internet?

-        Should all stakeholders including states produce transparency reports?

-        What role could the Council of Europe play, in cooperation with other stakeholders, to enhance information sharing and transparency?

Framing presentation: Silver Meikar, Project 451 Estonia



Garegin Chugaszyan, Armenia

Frédéric Riehl, Federal Office of Communications, Switzerland
Emir Povlakic, Communications Regulatory Authority, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Susanne Nikoltchev, European Audiovisual Observatory
Andrea Glorioso, European Commission, DG-Connect
Michael Rotert, EuroISPA
Paul Fehlinger, Internet and Jurisdiction Project


Lunch break


Concluding session

General Report from sessions by Ian Brown, Cyber Security Centre, Oxford University
General Discussion


Close of conference / Farewell coffee