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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

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.