From now until 30 November, UNESCO is asking for inputs and research around a global questionnaire on Internet-related issues in the four areas of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and ethical dimensions of the information society. The questions also explore the intersections between these areas and options for future UNESCO action in these fields.
The findings, on topics which relate to UNESCO’s mandate, will feed into a comprehensive Internet-related study mandated by UNESCO’s 195 Member States through Resolution 52 of the Organization’s 37th General Conference Resolution in November 2013. The questions and design of the study have been elaborated through a five-month multi-stakeholder consultation process with civil society, academia, the private sector, the technical community, inter-governmental organizations and UNESCO’s Member States. In addition to written submissions from a range of stakeholders, consultation events were held in a dozen global fora, including the World Press Freedom Day International Conference, the Stockholm Internet Freedom Forum, the Freedom Online Coalition Meeting, and the WSIS+10 High Level Review Event.
“Now we will ask several hundred stakeholders from around the world for inputs to the comprehensive study,” said Deputy Director-General of UNESCO Getachew Engida. “We also invite submissions from anyone with contributions to make.”
Contributions can be submitted through an open online questionnaire or made at the many conferences where UNESCO organizes consultation events. Such events include the upcoming 9th Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, the International Association for Media and Communication Research in Hyderabad and the Global Internet Governance for Academia Network GigaNet conference. The updated concept note, fact sheet and list of questions, and more information are available at www.unesco.org/new/internetstudy.
The framework for the study, proposed by UNESCO’s Secretariat, is informed by its concept of “Internet Universality”, which summarizes UNESCO’s positions on the Internet and highlights four R-O-A-M principles: (i) that the Internet should be human Rights-based (ii) “Open”, (iii) “Accessible to all”, and (iv) nurtured by Multi-stakeholder participation.
Quick link to the online questionnaire: http://unesco-ci.org/cmscore/content/questions-unescos-comprehensive-study-internet-related-issues
More information: www.unesco.org/new/internetstudy
Comments and questions to Internetstudy(at)unesco.org
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