UNESCO comprehensive study on Internet-related issues

Draft concept paper proposed by the Secretariat for consultations

This draft paper, proposed by UNESCO’s Secretariat, outlines the concept for a comprehensive 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 will cover the fields of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy and ethical dimensions of the information society, and will also explore possible options for future actions.

The study will be elaborated through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process that includes governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and the technical community. Comments may be sent to Internetstudy@unesco.org up until 30 April, after which a second version of the document will be presented and stakeholders requested to respond to the finalized questions for the study.


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