Internet Governance Forum

Information Society

Internet Governance Forum - 5th meeting
14-17 September 2010, Vilnius (Lithuania)


“Internet should be a space of freedom, justice and democracy”, said Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, at the opening of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Vilnius (Lithuania) from 14 to 17 September.

During the IGF, the Council of Europe engaged in an open dialogue with representatives of governments, business and civil society on how to safeguard freedom on the Internet - as well as security, openness and privacy - while also protecting users from its risks.

Contributing to the overall theme 'Developing the future together' of this United Nations event - the Council of Europe presented its most recent work to protect human rights online and to provide an adequate legal framework for the Internet.

This work includes a convention for protecting children from sexual abuse – which entered into force in July 2010 - and two new conventions to be adopted soon, one for fighting violence against women, and the other for combating counterfeit medicines, including those sold online.

The Council of Europe also presented at the IGF a draft recommendation on data protection and profiling, an update of ongoing work to implement the Cybercrime Convention worldwide, and the development of an international legal framework for the protection of critical Internet resources and cross-border flow of Internet traffic. (more ...)
Speech by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
Video of the speech by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio


Cross-border Internet traffic – Workshop
Council of Europe expert group presents proposal for setting a standard protecting critical Internet resources
Cybercrime – Workshop
Council of Europe workshop discusses need for a mechanism to assess progress against cybercrime
Role of Internet intermediaries - Workshop
Participants call for greater transparency and legal certainty
Communication in the digital era – Workshop
Participants debate how to measure communication and media
Good practices in Internet governance – Workshop
Code of good practice in Internet governance to be further tested by several organisations
Gender equality – Workshop
Council of Europe convention to combat the use of the Internet for violence against women
Parenting in digital networks - Workshop
Parents need to be empowered to promote critical thinking of children

Internet openness and privacy open forum
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: ''States must cooperate to protect openness and privacy online''
OSCE and Council of Europe Open forum
''Hate speech must be addressed without endangering freedom of expression''
EuroDIG regional discussion forum
EuroDIG to connect European national IGFs

Video interviews

Susan Pointer, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at Google, commenting on protection and freedom of expression on the Internet
Richard Allan, Director for Privacy in Europe at Facebook , commenting on protection and Freedom of Expression on the Internet

European Dialogue on Internet Dialogue (EuroDIG)

The Council of Europe provides the secretariat of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) in cooperation with European Union institutions and other organisations.

EuroDIG is a platform for discussing and shaping a European perspective to Internet governance. In its last edition, participating stakeholders concluded that the protection of human rights, ensuring universal access to the Internet as a public service and promoting media literacy should be key priorities for Internet governance in Europe.

2010 EuroDIG
2009 EuroDIG
2008 EuroDIG

Reference sites
Council of Europe and Internet Governance
Internet Governance Forum
Media and Information Society Division
Purpose of the Forum
To support the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
The Council of Europe at the Forum
Information sheets
Interview with Katharine Sarikakis
5th Internet Governance Forum
''Freedom to connect''
''The Internet for the Next Generation''
''Democratising the world wide web''
IGF: ''Only 20% of the world is online''
Podcast E-democracy
Podcast E-voting
Podcast Internet accessibility
Videokit 'cybercrime'
triangle bleu Vidéokit 'Web governance'
Previous editions
Related files
Data protection
Exploitation of children
Gender Equality
Counterfeit medicines
Wild Web Woods
Safe surfing on the Internet

Game (24 language versions)
The Internet literacy handbook

Publications website
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September 2010