Exchange of letters between the Council of Europe and Internet companies/representative associations
“Setting-up of a platform between governments and major Internet companies and representative associations on their respect for human rights and the rule of law online, including on measures to protect, respect and remedy challenges and violations to them”
Paragraph 13.e. Internet governance strategy 2016-2019
Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights
The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected.
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland signed the agreement – in the form of an exchange of letters – with representatives of eight leading technology firms and six associations during a ceremony in Strasbourg on the 8th of November 2017, first day of the World Forum for Democracy.
The companies are Apple, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, Orange and Telefónica. The associations are Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), DIGITALEUROPE, the European Digital SME Alliance, the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), GSMA and the multi-stakeholder Global Network Initiative (GNI). Additional agreements could be signed with other partners in the future.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"
Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights