Coordination

As agreed in the Stockholm Terms of Reference, the Coalition prioritizes strengthening coordination and cooperation among Members, as well as with outside stakeholders who share the Coalition’s objectives, with added focus on fostering cross-regional diplomacy through employing local networks

In between the annual conferences, Members of the Coalition regularly gather informally as governments and in consultation with other stakeholders at numerous conferences and intergovernmental meetings relevant to Internet freedom as well as in specific countries, to coordinate viewpoints, share relevant information, and discuss strategies to advance an open Internet in each context.

There have been many FOC meetings in the past couple of years, in forums ranging from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Internet Governance Forum and the Stockholm Internet Forum.

The FOC attempts to coordinate work in these global fora by convening coordination meetings prior to important sessions and by sharing relevant information with those Coalition members unable to attend the meeting itself.

Please see below for more information on coordination activities of the Coalition.

Strategy and Coordination Meetings

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Strategy and Coordination Meetings

In between the FO annual conferences, members of the Coalition regularly gather informally as governments and in consultation with other stakeholders at Coordination and Strategy Meetings, parallel to numerous conferences and intergovernmental meetings relevant to Internet freedom as well as in specific countries, to coordinate viewpoints, share relevant information, and discuss strategies to advance an open Internet in each context. You can find the minutes of these Coordination and Strategy meetings here.

Friends of the Chair Calls

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Friends of the Chair Calls

The FOC Chair is assisted by the Friends of the Chair, a group of FOC members currently comprising the Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, UK, USA. The group provides support to the current chair to assist with the diplomatic work and the preparation of the annual FO Conference and ensure continuity from year to year.

Every month the Friends of the Chair holds a call to discuss Coalition activities and next steps. You can find the Minutes of these calls here.

FOC Diplomatic Networks

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FOC Diplomatic Networks

As Internet freedom becomes increasingly interlinked with other international policy discussions, so does the need for coordinated action to support it. The Coalition aims to facilitate diplomatic coordination in forums where online freedoms are being discussed.

At the moment, there are active networks of FOC representatives in Paris, Geneva, New York and Vienna. These are complemented by ad hoc coordination around particular meetings taking place elsewhere.

The networks are coordinated by local FOC representatives and serve as an opportunity to coordinate viewpoints, share relevant information, and discuss strategies to advance an open Internet in each context.

Other Meetings

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Other Meetings

The Coalition organizes separate sessions and workshops in international forums themselves in order to invite cooperation with other states and stakeholders.

Individual FOC members belonging to certain regions also try to meet ahead of relevant congresses, conferences and events of regional intergovernmental organisations, companies and civil society organisations where appropriate, and provide feedback to all FOC members.