Council of Europe Digital Partnership: two new partners

28 June 2022 Strasbourg

The International Chamber of Commerce and The LEGO Group have joined the Council of Europe’s Digital Partnership, an initiative aimed at fostering cooperation with companies and their business associations to promote respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law on the internet. During...

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Council of Europe @Eurodig2022

20-22 June 2022 Trieste

The Council of Europe participated in the 2022 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). Relevant Organisation’s work and standards were shared in debates taking place in a hybrid format, in Trieste from 20-22 June. Director of Information Society - Action against Crime...

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Pegasus spyware and its impacts on human rights

20 June 2022 Strasbourg

A new report investigating Pegasus spyware impacts on human rights has been launched by the Council of Europe on the occasion of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly. As rapporteur for the Council of Europe, Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt has been investigating the controversial...

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Council of Europe launches in Rome a publication to promote digital literacy for seniors

16 June 2022 Rome

On 16 of June 2022 a new Council of Europe publication entitled “The Digital Era? Also my Era!” was launched in Rome at the UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing promoting the spread of digital literacy among senior citizens. In her address, An Hermans, the author of the book and long term...

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New Council of Europe instruments to promote media freedom presented to ICCO

14 June 2022 Online

On June 14, 2022, Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department presented the latest policy recommendations of the Council of Europe for preserving freedom of expression and enhancing media freedom at the ICCO European Forum. He informed international experts on communication on...

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Council of Europe @RightsCon2022

13 June 2022 Online

From 6-10 June 2022, the Council of Europe participated in the RightsCon 2022 to discuss the benefits and challenges of human rights in the digital age. Kristian Bartholin, Secretary of Committee on Artificial Intelligence - Head of Digital Development Unit spoke about the Council of Europe's...

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Strasbourg municipality focuses on the Metaverse

1 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Strasbourg municipality organised a debate on the impacts of the Metaverse on the society and the city in the European Information Centre “Lieu d’Europe” on 31st of May 2022. In his presentation, Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe has...

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Dutch lawyers cross-link digital developments and human rights in Strasbourg

30 May 2022 Strasbourg

On May 30, Patrick Penninckx, the Head of the Information Society Department has made a presentation for a group of Dutch lawyers visiting the Council of Europe. In his intervention Mr. Penninckx listed the latest challenges to human rights and democratic governance posed by the ongoing digital...

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Norwegian start-ups learn about Council of Europe’s policies on AI

6 May 2022 Kristiansand

On the 6th of May 2022, Patrick Penninckx. Head of the Information Society Department has presented the latest Council of Europe Policy Developments on Artificial intelligence to the participants in the NORA start-up event, organised in Kristiansand. In his speech, the Council of Europe official...

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Council of Europe at the annual World Press Freedom Day Global Conference

5 May 2022 Punta del Este

The Council of Europe' s voice was echoed at the annual Global Conference of the World Press Freedom Day 2022, hosted by UNESCO and the Republic of Uruguay on 2-5 May 2022 under the theme “Journalism under Digital Siege” in Punta del Este. Rodica Ciochina of the Media and Internet Division of the...

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Kristiansand conference on democracy and human rights

5 May 2022 Online

Council of Europe delegation took part in the 3rd European Conference on democracy and human rights organised in Kristiansand on the 5 May 2022 as a part of the European Democracy Week. Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Bjørn Berge has made an opening statement underlining the...

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New recommendation on the impacts of digital technologies on freedom of expression

19 April 2022 Strasbourg

At their meeting of 6 April 2022, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the impacts of digital technologies on freedom of expression. This important text, accomplished by the Committee of experts on freedom of...

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Tackling the risks for democracy of digital political campaigning: Council of Europe issues guidelines

7 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states to address the challenges to the fairness and legitimacy of electoral processes created by new digital political communication techniques. The Recommendation was prepared by CDMSI Steering Committee on Media and...

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The Council of Europe holds a webinar on the human rights and legal aspects of blockchain technology

15 March 2022 Strasbourg

On Wednesday 9 March 2022, The Council of Europe’s Digital Development Unit held a webinar on the human rights and legal aspects of blockchain technology. The event included the presentations by prominent law and technology researchers, Professors Florence G'sell, University of Lorraine and...

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Safer Internet Day 2022

8 February 2022 Online

On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day, we recall important tools and standard-setting documents recently developed by the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), to promote a safe and enabling online environment for all internet users. The Guidance note on Best practices...

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Digital Partnership: Council of Europe discusses cooperation with IT and internet companies and business associations

4 February 2022 Strasbourg

On 3 and 4 February, the Council of Europe organised an exchange of views with the 26 members of the Digital Partnership, an initiative aimed at fostering cooperation with internet and IT companies, and their business associations, to promote respect for human rights. The event – held in the...

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Launch of the Project Action in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Personal Data Protection

13 December 2021 Online

On 7 December 2021, the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening Media Freedom, Internet Governance and Personal Data Protection” SMIP-GE launched the Project Action in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Personal Data Protection, which will be implemented in cooperation with the State...

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Cooperation between the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee of the Parliament of Georgia and the Georgian Internet Governance Forum (GeoIGF)

3 December 2021 Tbilisi

The Memorandum of Cooperation between the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee of the Parliament of Georgia and the Georgian Internet Governance Forum (GeoIGF) was signed on 30 November 2021 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The ceremony of the signature of the Memorandum of Cooperation took place at...

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Council of Europe at the Internet Governance Forum 2021

2 December 2021 Katowice

The Council of Europe will participate in the debates of the 16th UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to be hosted by the government of Poland in a hybrid format in Katowice from 6 to 10 December, focusing its contribution in particular on the new challenges to the protection of human rights...

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7th Internet Governance Forum – GeoIGF 2021

1 December 2021 Tbilisi

An annual conference “The 7th Internet Governance Forum – GeoIGF 2021” was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 30 November and 1 December with the support of the Council of Europe. The 2-day conference was held in hybrid format and hosted 10 thematic panel discussions, each focusing on key challenges and...

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Following the decision of the Committee of Ministers on 16 March 2022 the Russian Federation is no longer a member of the Council of Europe. The website will be updated as soon as possible to take account of this development.

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