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UNESCO contributes to Internet conference in Toronto

Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger, took part in the Cyberdialogue conference at the University of Toronto, Canada this week.

Berger highlighted the normative work of the UN system in regard to threats to human rights online, and encouraged delegates to participate in the current UNESCO comprehensive study on the Internet.

The importance of privacy for journalistic sources was highlighted in his remarks, as well as the way UNESCO’s constitution links the securing of peace to freedom of expression.

“The conference discussions ranged through cyberwarfare, surveillance, data security, and Internet governance models, as well as digital defence for human rights defenders,” said Berger.

“My contribution was to highlight the UN context as part of a holistic perspective of digital defence, and as underpinning factors such as individual digital literacy, policies for human rights and media organizations, and the role of Internet intermediaries and governments.”

The UNESCO official also met with members of IFEX, the international network defending and promoting freedom of expression to discuss World Press Freedom Day, and the International Day of Action to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Berger’s remarks are available here.