15 Dec 2017 12:37:00Geneva 15 December 2017
On 18 December 2017 the Council of Europe is organising an event during the Internet Governance...
12 Jan 2018 22:08:00Strasbourg 12 January 2017
The finding of the report, titled "Terms of service and human rights: an analysis of online...
08 Nov 2017 12:44:00Strasbourg 8 November 2017
The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to...
The Internet is an aggregate of a vast range of ideas, technologies, resources and policies developed on the assertion of freedom and through collective endeavours in the common interest. It provides a space of freedom, facilitating the exercise and enjoyment of fundamental rights, participatory and democratic processes, and social and commercial activities. Discussions on the governance of Internet are taking place in different national and international fora and involve governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles to shape common views on Internet policies.
The Council of Europe takes an active part in these discussions and dialogue with all stakeholders to secure that the rights and freedoms protected by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ETS No. 5) are at the forefront of all development regarding Internet.
Safeguarding Human Rights on the Net - Leaflet
The Council of Europe is conscious that Internet provides a unique environment with huge potential for innovating forms of exercising human rights. Therefore it has engaged in standards setting work to address the challenges that human rights may face in that environment to ensure people maximum freedom but also maximum safety, with minimum but necessary constraints.
The Council of Europe has released the Guide to human rights of Internet users. The Guide focuses on: access and non-discrimination, freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly, association and participation, privacy and data protection, education and literacy, protection of children and young people, right to effective remedies for violations of human rights
Your Digital Rights - Leaflet
The Thematic co-ordinator on Information Policy of the Committee of Ministers (TC/Inf), Ambassador Dirk van Eeckhout, has launched a series of thematic meetings – TC/Inf Breakfast meetings – during which his colleagues have opportunity, once a month, to meet a specialised expert and discuss specific issues.
Terms of service and human rights: an analysis of online platform contracts
The finding of this report demonstrate just how difficult it can be for Internet users to understand and thereby consent to the terms of service of online platforms in order to make fully informed decisions on issues which affect their human rights such as content restriction policies and processing of personal data.
The Council of Europe takes an active part in these discussions on the governance of Internet which are taking place in different national and international fora and involve governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles to shape common views on Internet policies.
Children and young people
Internet Literacy Handbook - This tool now provides an even richer source of quality information for children, parents, teachers and policy makers of the 47 member states to be able to make the most of the Internet and to prepare future generations to use the Internet safely and confidently.
Through the Wild Web Woods - An online game for children set in a fun, fairy tale environment.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"
Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights