Press release - DC069(2011)

Council of Europe at the 2011 Internet Governance Forum: Maximising rights, minimising restrictions in cyberspace

Strasbourg, 16.09.2011 – Rights should be maximised and restrictions minimised while protecting the Internet from disruptions, protecting human rights online and fighting cybercrime. This will be the key message of the Council of Europe at the 6th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which the UN is organising in Nairobi from 27 to 30 September.

Access to the Internet has become a pre-condition for people’s freedom of expression and ability to assemble and participate in public life. However, the Internet is exposed to threats; international cooperation is needed to address them. How can states, companies and civil society cooperate to protect users´ freedom, privacy and security in order for them to trust and feel safe on the Internet?

The Council of Europe will present its work to answer these and other questions. The Council of Europe is organising four workshops and an open forum, and is supporting a session on the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). It is also contributing to other sessions with several panellists and moderators. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, will participate in several meetings, including the opening ceremony.

Council of Europe workshops and open forum at the IGF

Human rights come first - A “constitutional moment” for Internet governance? – Discussion will focus on new Council of Europe Internet governance principles based on human rights, democracy and rule of law.

Strengthening the protection of cross-border Internet personal data - Discussion will focus on Council of Europe work to update its data protection convention with the challenges of the Internet in mind.

Open forum: Towards a Council of Europe strategy on Internet governance 2012-2015 -

This event will discuss the priorities, actions and expectations of the Council of Europe over the next four years.

Cybercrime strategies - Many governments are adopting cybersecurity policies and strategies but only few are developing specific policies or strategies on cybercrime. The workshop will consider cybercrime and cybersecurity strategies and the role of stakeholders.

Consensus building on Internet´s universality, integrity and openness - How do states work together to protect the Internet from disruption? What are their expectations vis-à-vis each other to preserve the Internet’s functioning and sustainability in a manner which protects and respects human rights, the rule of law and democracy?

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Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
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