Key documents



. Recommendation Rec (2004)11 on legal,

  operational and technical standards for


. E-voting handbook - implementation of

  e-enabled elections

. Guidelines on certification of e-voting


. Guidelines on transparency of e-enabled


. Reports of biennial Reviews 2008 and


. Council of Europe studies on e-voting

. National developments on e-voting



. Recommendation (2009)1 on

  e-democracy and Explanatory


  (PdF version   -  Word version)

. Practical tools to Rec(2009)1

. Glossary of technical terms in the field

  of electronic democracy


Internet governance

. Recommendation (2004)15 and

  explanatory memorandum



Texts submitted by the Council of Europe


. IGF 2010

. IGF 2009

. IGF 2008

. WSIS 2005

. WSIS 2003


Internet literacy

Internet literacy handbook








Useful external links


. E-voting

. E-democracy

. Internet governance

. Internet literacy

. Media & elections


WSIS 2005

(Tunis, 15-17 November)

The second phase of the Summit was held in Tunis from 15-17 November 2005.

The Council of Europe’s contribution to WSIS Tunis consisted of two parts: (1) the Committee of Ministers’ political declaration on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Information Society; (2) two parallel events; one entitled “From here to e-democracy: promoting e-participation and dealing with harmful content”, and a second one on “The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime: a global treaty?”.

Moreover, on 18 November, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio addressed the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis to promote the positive use of new information technologies.

The Council of Europe Intra-Secretariat Task Force on the Information Society oversaw the preparations of the Council of Europe contribution.

In the Tunis agenda for the information society, the importance of the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime is underlined.

Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on human rights and the rule of law in the Information Society
World Summit on the information Society (WSIS) - Tunis, 15-17 November 2008:
2 Council of Europe parallel events:
- “From here to e-democracy: promoting e-participation” - Tunis, 17 November 2005
- “The Convention on Cybecrime: a Global Treaty ?” Tunis, 15 November 2005, 3 – 7 pm, Room El Jem,
Speech delivered by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General at the Seventh Plenary Session of the WSIS, Tunis, 18 November 2005
Tunis agenda for the information society