Once a year, the FOC holds a multistakeholder conference that aims to deepen the discussion on how freedom of expression on the Internet is helping to promote social, cultural and economic development.
The conference offers an open platform for discussion among all stakeholders – governments, civil society, the private sector, and others – to share relevant information, develop joint strategies and combine efforts towards their mutual goal of a human rights based Internet.
The multistakeholder conferences offer a space for civil society to discuss issues of concern and share their perspectives on an equal footing with key governments. This is encouraged through funding packages provided by the Coalition and aimed especially at civil society participants from the global South, and the region in which the respective conference is taking place. In Tunis, an NGO steering committee assisted in setting the Conference agenda and was able to suggest topics, moderators and speakers for the Conference sessions. In Tallinn, a multistakeholder group drafted a set of recommendations for Freedom Online that were subsequently approved by the FOC governments as the Tallinn Agenda – Recommendations for Freedom Online.
The 7th Annual Freedom Online Conference took place from 28-30 November at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, under the theme “Internet Freedom at a Crossroads – Common Paths towards Strengthening Human Rights Online.”
Read more about the Conference here.
COSTA RICA 2016
COSTA RICA 2016
The sixth annual Freedom Online Conference took place from 17-18 October 2016, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The fifth annual Freedom Online Conference, hosted by Mongolia took place in Ulaanbaatar on the 4th and 5th of May, 2015.
In April 2014, Estonia hosted the fourth annual Freedom Online Coalition conference. Under the title ‘Free and Secure Internet for All’, the main focus across 19 plenary and panel discussions was how to protect and strengthen freedom online in the face of new challenges and the complex and hotly debated subject of Internet governance.
Tunisia organized the third Freedom Online meeting in Tunis in June 2013, in which the central themes of the first Freedom Online conference were built upon. The conference aimed to provide a multistakeholder platform to discuss issues of Internet freedom with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
The Kenyan government hosted the second Freedom Online Conference in Nairobi on September 6-7 2012, which focused on the importance of Internet freedom in fostering development. It underlined the need to support individuals, particularly those working in repressive regimes, in exercising human rights through the Internet and to engage with ICT businesses.
THE HAGUE 2011
THE HAGUE 2011
During the first Freedom Online conference in The Hague in December 2011, the Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal launched the Freedom Online Coalition with the clear vision to promote Internet freedom worldwide.