Working Groups

The mandate of all three FOC Working Groups ended in May 2017. These pages holds a record of their work.

At the annual 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 Working Groups’ mandates ended in May 2017.

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

  • Secure continuity and relevance of FOC engagement by working continuously throughout the year and in-between physical FOC meetings. The issue-based focus of the working groups facilitates substantive contributions by the FOC on key Internet freedom issues.
  • 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.

The terms of reference for the FOC working groups are available here.