UNESCO comprehensive study on Internet-related issues

Concept paper for consultations

This paper outlined the concept and process for the undertaking of a comprehensive consultative study led by UNESCO on Internet-related issues. Its framework is informed by the draft concept of Internet Universality, which summarizes UNESCO’s positions on the Internet. The study was mandated by UNESCO 195 Member States in November 2013 at the Organization’s General Conference. It covers the fields of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy and ethical dimensions of the information society, and also explores possible options for future actions.

The study was elaborated through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process that included governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and the technical community.

A first draft of the concept paper for the study was proposed by the Secretariat and subsequently revised to its final form in June 2014 following months of multistakeholder consultations including with UNESCO’s Member States and various Intergovernmental partners, such as the Group of 77 and China and the European Union. In June 2014, the consultations on the Internet Study itself were then initiated.

The first draft of the concept note is available here:

The second and final draft of the concept note for the consultations is available here:

A fact sheet on the process and list of questions used for the consultations is available here:

More information on the study is available here.

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