Roles and Responsibilities of Internet Intermediaries: the Council of Europe has developed human rights-based guidelines

15 August 2018

Internet intermediaries play an increasingly important role in modern societies. Their actions influence the choices we make, the way we exercise our rights, and how we interact. The market dominance of some places them in control of principal modes of public communication. What are the roles...

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Partnership with Internet Companies: the Council of Europe enhances shared commitment to protect Human Rights online

8 August 2018

The fast pace of technological change and the cross-border nature of internet services present opportunities, but also challenges for users, who are faced, among other things, with online crime and insecurity, extremism and violence, abuse and intolerance. While it is the task of governments to...

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The Council of Europe Recommendation on Media Pluralism and Transparency of Media Ownership is now available in Macedonian and Albanian languages

1 August 2018

The Recommendation encourages member states to support quality independent and investigative journalism, whilst fully respecting the editorial and operational autonomy of the media. The recommendation also provides guidelines which are to assure visibility of diverse content across a number of...

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Council of Europe promotes sound Governance for Public Service Media to uphold Freedom of Expression

1 August 2018

The Council of Europe recognises the important role of public service media in upholding the fundamental right of freedom of expression, enabling people to seek and receive information, and promoting the values of democracy, diversity and social cohesion. It promotes the principle of sound...

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Algorithms: Council of Europe expert study analyses impact of automated Data-Processing on Human Rights

25 July 2018

The use of automated data-processing techniques raises challenges not only for the specific policy area in which they are operated, but also for society as a whole. The right to life, the right to fair trial, the presumption of innocence, the right to privacy and freedom of expression, workers’...

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