Ad Hoc Working Groups

The FOC’s ad hoc Working Groups provide a mechanism for focused and issue-based engagement, facilitiating substantive contibributions by the FOC on key Internet Freedom issues.  These working groups are able to run continuously throughout the year and in-between physical FOC meetings.

FOC Working Groups also provide an avenue for multistakeholder engagement with FOC governments. By providing a forum of regular communication with other stakeholders, this engagement encourages concrete and substantive cooperation, enabling tangible outcomes.

Previous Working Groups

At the Annual FO Conference in Tunis in 2013, the FOC established three multistakeholder working groups to strengthen continuous cooperation towards practical outcomes on key issues of concern to Internet freedom and human rights. The mandates of these Working Groups ended in May 2017.

The groups acted as a mechanism for multistakeholder engagement, consisting of 15-20 members, including FOC governments and representatives from civil society, academia, and the private sector.

Please see below for more information on each of these three Working Groups.

Working Group 1 - An Internet Free and Secure

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Working Group 1 - An Internet Free and Secure

As cybersecurity becomes a critical issue on the international agenda, there is a growing need for an informed debate on the relationship between governance, security, and fundamental rights and freedoms online, involving all stakeholders. In this context, the working group “Internet free and secure” seeks to bring a human rights framing to ongoing debates on cybersecurity and aims to develop, through multistakeholder dialogue, meaningful outputs that feed into existing processes.

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Working Group 2 - Digital Development and Openness

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Working Group 2 - Digital Development and Openness

The FOC working group “Digital development and openness” will focus on the link between digital development and the rule of law. It will seek to, in a multistakeholder setting, explore ways to further strengthen rule of law principles and good practices in a way that addresses emerging challenges, respects human rights and maximizes the impact of the Internet for social and economic development. In doing so, it will aim to provide a timely contribution by the FOC to new and arising challenges for promoting the respect for human rights online.

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Working Group 3 - Privacy and Transparency Online

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Working Group 3 - Privacy and Transparency Online

This FOC working group focuses on the relationship between government and the private sector in supporting a free, open and safe Internet and in ensuring the same rights that apply offline are safeguarded online. As the instigators and builders of the technology and infrastructure that form ICTs and the Internet, industry has a large and growing impact on debates about rights online.

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