The Freedom Online Coalition prides itself on being a unique platform for cross-regional diplomatic coordination, as well as a site for debate and discussion with all stakeholder groups. Engagement with non-governmental stakeholders is a key priority of the Coalition, institutionalized through its Annual Conference, its established ad hoc multistakeholder Working Groups, and its new mechanism for multistakeholder engagement, the Advisory Network.
Once a year, the FOC organizes a multistakeholder conference that aims to deepen the discussion on how online freedoms are helping to promote social, cultural and economic development. The FO Conference attracts delegates from government, civil society, the private sector, and others stakeholder groups, and offers an open platform for discussion, information sharing, developing joint strategies and combining efforts towards their mutual goal of a human rights-based Internet. After the inaugural Conference in The Hague in 2011, subsequent annual FO Conferences were held in Kenya 2012, in Tunisia 2013, Estonia 2014, Mongolia 2015, Costa Rica in 2017, and most recently, in Berlin in 2018. Find out more here.
The FOC-AN is intended to serve as a key mechanism for the Coalition to engage regularly with non-governmental Internet stakeholders. It is envisaged as a platform for multistakeholder dialogue which, independently of FOC members, provides advice to FOC governments on the work of the FOC, organizes multistakeholder collaboration around FOC activities, and explores possibilities for cooperation to advance human rights online. You can find the FOC-AN’s Terms of Reference here, and more information here.
Ad hoc Working Groups
Ad hoc Working Groups
To secure continuity and relevance of FOC engagement by working continuously throughout the year and in-between physical FOC meetings, the FOC has the ability to create ad hoc Working Groups. These working groups would be issue-based, and would be aimed at facilitate substantive contributions by the FOC on key Internet freedom issues. These FOC’s ad hoc working groups also provide an avenue for multistakeholder engagement with FOC governments. By providing a forum of regular communication with other stakeholders, this engagement goes beyond mere information exchange and encourages concrete and issue related cooperation to create tangible outcomes. Find out more here.