Background Papers

Background information on the Freedom Online Coalition, its work and some of the issue areas it has worked in.

Factsheet – The Freedom Online Coalition

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Factsheet – The Freedom Online Coalition

Overview of the work of the Freedom Online Coalition, and its work and vision to advance Internet freedom globally.

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Background Paper – The role of Governments in Protecting Internet Freedom

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Background Paper – The role of Governments in Protecting Internet Freedom

An open and free Internet is a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom of opinion, expression, association and assembly. However, these freedoms are not absolute and may be at odds with the rights of others. In furthering Internet freedom, the main question for governments is thus how to foster the continued evolution of an Internet ecosystem that supports human expression and knowledge sharing, while protecting interests such as privacy and security.

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Background paper – Protecting and supporting Cyber Activities

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Background paper – Protecting and supporting Cyber Activities

The Internet has become a key channel for activist and bloggers to seek and impart information, and to organized and share their views. To limit the power of the Internet in supporting key rights, authoritarian regimes have turned to censorship to stem the free flow of information. This paper gives an overview of different initiatives from Governments, civil society, the private sector and academics, aiming to support and strengthen the efforts of cyber activists.

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Background paper – Global Corporate Responsibility

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Background paper – Global Corporate Responsibility

Internet security and surveillance technologies may be employed by free societies to protect the public’s rights, but they may also be used by authoritarian regimes to exercise control over their citizens. How companies should deal with these two issues is an important question of corporate social responsibility (CSR). This background paper explores the debate surrounding CSR and shows existing initiatives.

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