Underpinning Documents

By joining the Coalition, its members commit to upholding and advancing the Coalition’s shared goals and values, as stated in its underpinning documents.

The FOC Program of Action

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The FOC Program of Action

The Freedom Online Coalition’s Program of Action for 2019-2020. 

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The Founding Declaration - Freedom Online: Joint Action for Free Expression on the Internet

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The Founding Declaration - Freedom Online: Joint Action for Free Expression on the Internet

The founding declaration of the Freedom Online Coalition was drafted by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal and endorsed by all FOC member states. DOWNLOAD

The Stockholm Terms of Reference

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The Stockholm Terms of Reference

At the 6th Annual Freedom Online Conference in Costa Rica, the Coalition presented the Outcome Document of the FOC Strategic Review, the San José Statement. The Statement and accompanying Work Plan set forth the Coalition’s aims and priority activities and offered a blueprint for revising the previous Nairobi Terms of Reference to update the FOC structure and operations to support these objectives.

Adopted at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017, The new TOR – known as the “Stockholm Terms of Reference”– contains, inter alia, updates to the Coalition’s membership criteria, the future of multistakeholder participation, and provides clarification of FOC’s working methods.

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The Tallinn Agenda - Recommendations for Freedom Online

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The Tallinn Agenda - Recommendations for Freedom Online

At the 4th Annual Conference in Tallinn, FOC members unanimously adopted a set of “Recommendations for Freedom Online”, also referred to as the “Tallinn Agenda”. They were drafted through a multistakeholder process and reaffirm the Coalition’s commitment to respect and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. DOWNLOAD

San José Statement: A Road Map to Strengthen Engagement with Members and Stakeholders

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San José Statement: A Road Map to Strengthen Engagement with Members and Stakeholders

In anticipation of discussions at the 6th annual Freedom Online Conference on the future of the Coalition, the FOC issued the San Jose Statement and Work Plan to share the results of its fifth year anniversary strategic review and collective decisions about the Coalition’s path forward. In addition to this combined document, the FOC has also shared the Final Report of the FOC Strategic Review Working Group, titled “Looking Back to Move Ahead”. These materials together are meant to provide the evidence base for the San Jose Statement and will inform continued discussion at the Costa Rica Conference and beyond, including with all stakeholders, on strengthening the Coalition’s role in promoting and protecting human rights online. DOWNLOAD

Looking Back To Move Ahead: Freedom Online Coalition Strategic Review Outcome

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Looking Back To Move Ahead: Freedom Online Coalition Strategic Review Outcome

The Final Report of the FOC Strategic Review Working Group, titled “Looking Back to Move Ahead”, presents the culmination of 15 months of extensive consultations and in-depth assessment of the FOC development and its current processes and procedures. In addition. the FOC has issued the San Jose Statement and Work Plan to share the results of its fifth year anniversary strategic review and collective decisions about the Coalition’s path forward. DOWNLOAD

The Nairobi Terms of Reference

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The Nairobi Terms of Reference

These Terms of Reference have now been updated, in the Stockholm Terms of Reference. Adopted at the annual conference in Nairobi in 2012, these Terms of reference of the Freedom Online Coalition built on the founding principles of the Coalition and the developments of previous annual conferences. DOWNLOAD