Consultations at events

As part of key methodology to develop the Internet Universality indicators, UNESCO has held a series of face-to-face discussions at international, regional, and national events.

These consultations were meant to publicize the project, gather prominent and leading regional experts, and engage with different stakeholders – from Member States, international organizations, technical community, private sector, civil society and NGOs, Internet and legal experts, political scientists, journalists and media experts to students and civil society groups. These activities had an important impact on the project, providing UNESCO with valuable suggestions from interested stakeholders, boosting the number of online submissions, building a sense of ownership of the project, and advocating UNESCO key values regarding human rights, openness, accessibility and multistakeholder participation.

During the first phase of the project (from March to November 2017), 26 consultation events were held in 22 countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Columbia, Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

During the second phase of the project (from December 2017 to May 2018), 15 consultation events (including four regional consultation fora) were held in 13 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, UK, USA.

During the third phase of the project (from June to September 2018), five consultation events were held in five countries, including France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, USA.

We estimate that above 2000 experts across all stakeholders groups and regions were consulted during those three phases.

Events Dates Location News release
RightsCon Conference 2017  29-31 March 2017 Brussels, Belgium UNESCO consults experts on Internet Universality Indicators at Brussels conference
GIG-Arts Paris 30-31 March 2017 Paris, France UNESCO consults Gig-ARTS Conference on its new project Defining Internet Universality Indicators
Annual Conference of BILETA (British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association) 10-11 April 2017 Braga, Portugal UNESCO advocates Internet Universality indicators and online freedoms at BILETA conference
World Press Freedom Day 1-4 May 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia UNESCO consults on developing Internet Universality Indicators during World Press Freedom Day
Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 22 May 2017 Stockholm, Sweden UNESCO consults on Internet Universality indicators
Africa Internet Summit 30 May 2017 Nairobi, Kenya Kenya: Internet Governance Forum Conference 2017
European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 6-7 June 2017 Tallinn, Estonia UNESCO holds a multistakeholder consultation on Internet Universality Indicators at EuroDIG conference
World News Media Congress 7-9 June 2017 Durban, South Africa UNESCO promotes source confidentiality study to editors
WSIS Forum 12-16 June 2017 Geneva, Switzerland UNESCO launches consultation website to define Internet Universality Indicators during WSIS Forum 2017
Global Media Forum  19-21 June 2017 Bonn, Germany Internet Universality indicators consulted at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017
IAMCR 2017 16-20 July 2017 Cartagena, Columbia UNESCO consults academics on Internet indicators
Asia Pacific IGF 26-29 July 2017 Bangkok, Thailand UNESCO Internet Universality Indicators consulted at the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum
IGF LAC 2-4 August 2017 Panama City, Panama UNESCO finalizes a series of consultations on Internet Universality Indicators in Latin America
APC member meeting 16-18 August 2017 Johannesburg  
Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Acceso a la Información (CELE17) 6-8 September 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina UNESCO finalizes a series of consultations on Internet Universality Indicators in Latin America
Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 27-29 September 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa to host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

IPDC Council informal meeting 28 September 2017 Paris, France
Global Privacy and Data protection conference 28-29 September 2017 Hong Kong, China UNESCO Internet Universality Indicators consulted at 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong
International Seminar on Freedom of Expression, Children’s Rights and Media 2-4 October 2017 Lima, Peru UNESCO finalizes a series of consultations on Internet Universality Indicators in Latin America
Internet Freedom conference 13 October 2017 Vienna, Austria UNESCO advocates Internet Universality and international human rights standards at the Internet Freedom Conference in Vienna
World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) 9-20 October 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina UNESCO finalizes a series of consultations on Internet Universality Indicators in Latin America
Moscow: European Journalism Training Association 18-20 October 2017 Moscow, Russia Russian journalism community and academia engage in UNESCO’s project to develop Internet Universality indicators
Jordan Media Institute 24 October 2017 Amman, Jordan
Global Media and Information Literacy week  25 October - 1 November 2017 Kingston, Jamaica Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference
ICANN 28 October - 3 November 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE

UNESCO consults on Internet indicators at ICANN60

Vietnam Internet Forum 27-28 November 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam Vietnam Internet Forum discusses Internet Universality indicators
Use Internet Universality to assess cyberlaws
North African and African Internet Governance Forum 28 November - 6 December 2017 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt UNESCO consults on its draft Internet Universality Indicators at the North African and African Internet Governance Forum in Egypt
Global Voices summit 2017 3 December 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka Global Voices summit 2017 participants contribute to UNESCO Internet Universality Indicators
IGF 2017 17-21 December 2017 Geneva, Switzerland UNESCO consults with participants of the Internet Governance Forum 2017 on the Internet Universality indicators
Global Network Initiative briefing 9 February 2018 Paris HQ, France UNESCO briefs Global Network Initiative on Internet Indicators
2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network 26-28 February 2018 Ottawa, Canada Jurisdiction experts invited to enrich UNESCO’s draft Internet indicators
Regional Consultation Forum in Latin America 5 March 2018 São Paulo, Brazil UNESCO finalizes a series of consultations on Internet Universality Indicators in Latin America
International Working Meeting on Governance Innovation for a Connected World 8-9 March 2018 Stanford, CA, USA

Governance Innovation for a Connected World

Regional Consultation Forum in the Arab states 12-13 March 2018 Tunis, Tunisia

Leading experts from Arab states stress the relevance of Internet Universality Indicators

WSIS Forum 2018 21 March 2018 Geneva, Switzerland

UNESCO promotes Internet Universality indicators to advance SDGs at WSIS Forum 2018

International Journalism Festival 14 April 2018 Perugia, Italy

Journalism community addresses Internet Universality Indicators at the International Journalism Festival

GIG-ARTS Conference 27 April 2018 Cardiff, United Kingdom

Academic community welcomes UNESCO’s project to develop Internet Universality Indicators during GIG-ARTS conference

World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2018 Accra, Ghana 25th Edition of World Press Freedom Day Reinforces Watchdog Role of Media
UNESCO design workshop on Internet Universality 3-5 May 2018 Bangkok, Thailand

Internet freedom beyond words: artists and creators capture Internet Universality and its ROAM principles

RightsCon Toronto 16-18 May 2018 Toronto, Canada UNESCO consults RightsCon stakeholders about implementing Internet Universality Indicators
European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 4 June 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

UNESCO presents second draft of Internet Universality Indicators at EuroDIG 2018

Global Media Forum 12 June 2018 Bonn, Germany

UNESCO presents Internet Universality Indicators at Global Media Forum

IAMCR 2018 20-24 June 2018 Eugene, OR, USA

UNESCO’s internet indicators should assess practical realities – academics

EuroDIG 2018 4 June 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia UNESCO presents second draft of Internet Universality Indicators at EuroDIG 2018
Forum sur la gouvernance de l'Internet (IGF) France 5 July 2018 Paris, France UNESCO promotes an Open and Inclusive Internet at the Internet Governance Forum of France
FIFAfrica 28 September 2018 Accra, Ghana UNESCO advocated Access to Information and Internet Universality Indicators at FIFAfrica 2018
ICDPPC 2018 23 October 2018 Brussels, Belgium UNESCO presents Internet Universality Indicators at 2018 International Privacy Conference
IGF 2018 13 November 2018 Paris, France UNESCO advocates Internet Universality R.O.A.M indicators at IGF 2018