Government of Finland joins FOC Friends of the Chair Group
Following the Strategy and Coordination meeting held adjacent to Stockholm Internet Forum, the government of Finland has joined the FOC Friends of the Chair Group. This Group consists of Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA.
The Group normally provides support to the Coalition Chair to assist with diplomatic work and the preparation of the annual Freedom Online Conference and ensure continuity from year to year. The Coalition is currently being chaired by the Friends of the Chair group in the absence of a Coalition Chair.
Joint Learning Call on Network Disruptions co-hosted by the FOC, GNI, and AccessNow
On 27 June, the Freedom Online Coalition, the Global Network Initiative, and Access Now, co-hosted a learning call on government-sponsored intentional network disruptions. The call addressed global efforts to counter intentional disruptions of the Internet by government actors, with conversation structured around the following areas:
Participants included members of the GNI, #KeepitOn Coalition, and the FOC (including both governments and members of the former multistakeholder working groups), and the conversation followed Chatham House rules.
- A personal account of how users in Anglophone Cameroon were affected by the 93-day internet shutdown in 2017 including how citizens mobilized #bringbackourinternet and what sort of support they received from the international community;
- A summary to date of the work of the #KeepitOn Campaign (130 civil society organizations from 56 countries) and outcomes of the the multistakeholder #KeepitOn Summit in March 2017 in Brussels.
- UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, provided an overview of the analysis of government-sponsored disruptions and service restrictions from his new report on the Internet and Telecommunications Industry;
- An overview of the FOC’s March 2017 Joint Statement on Network Disruptions and accompanying Good Practices Document, including perspectives from government, business, and civil society representatives about how these documents can be used by stakeholders to pushback against disruptions;
- Presentation of a forthcoming GNI tool to help internet and telecommunications companies and other stakeholders respond to disruptions; and
- Updates on ongoing shutdowns in Bahrain, Pakistan, India, as well as looming threats surrounding issues such as school exams, elections, and political unrest, along with tips on where and how to engage on network disruption issues around upcoming events, particularly future opportunities for collaboration; and
- Examples of the wide-ranging impacts of internet shutdowns on family life, education, health care, personal livelihood, and local government and commercial services, which illustrate the importance of integrating economic and social arguments with human rights arguments, (with reference to the work from the Brookings Institution and the Global Network Initiative).
10th EuroDIG hosted by Government of Estonia
The 10th EuroDIG took place from 6-7 June 2017 in Tallinn, and was hosted by FOC Member, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. The event welcome 600 participants who took part in discussions over the two days. Session reports and transcripts for workshop and plenary sessions will be uploaded soon, and videos and pictures are already available on the EuroDIG website.
As a key output of the Conference, the organisers will be compiling the “Messages from Tallinn” which will be forwarded to the UN Internet Governance Forum and distributed among key institutions within Europe.
| |Further to the above updates from the Freedom Online Coalition, you may be interested in looking at the following curated news digests on online freedom issues from this month. Note that the views expressed in these digests represent the views of individual authors and not necessarily the views of the Freedom Online Coalition or its members. .
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