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.
Exchange of letters between the Council of Europe and Internet companies/representative associations
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.
The overall aim of the Council of Europe's Internet Governance Strategy is to ensure that public policy for the internet is people-centred in order to build democracy online, to protect internet users, and to ensure respect and protection for human rights online.
Council of Europe takes part in Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"
Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights