» Call for proposals: Research on Internet governance principles
26.08.2014 - Communication & Information Sector

Call for proposals: Research on Internet governance principles

UNESCO seeks to contract an individual or organization to review international and regional declarations, normative frameworks and accountability measures related to Internet governance principles as part of UNESCO’s comprehensive study on Internet-related issues. The timeframe is September 2014 through March 2015.The first draft shall be submitted to UNESCO by 30 November 2014, and the final draft should be delivered by 30 March 2015. It should be high quality research of relevance to UNESCO and its Member States, as well as to civil society, the private sector and individuals.

The UNESCO study on “Internet governance principles: Declarations, normative frameworks and accountability measures” will provide a comprehensive review of key initiatives on Internet governance principles which have been developed by various stakeholders, and analyze the extent to which various declarations have been used as normative instruments. It will also examine the compatibility of existing documents with respect to UNESCO’s mandate, offer an online resource with open access to documents and data, and inform options for future UNESCO actions.

The research could cover the following key questions: What international and regional normative documents related to access to information, freedom of expression, privacy and ethical dimensions of the information society have been developed? What networks and observatories exist to identify developments regarding Internet governance? How does UNESCO’s draft concept of Internet universality fit into existing documents? Is there a gap that needs to be filled to cover the areas under UNESCO’s mandate?

The study should be made available in English in the first instance and be further translated if resources are identified. It will be published under Creative Commons license and made available in pdf and epub formats.

Interested parties should submit their proposals to Ms Xianhong Hu  and to Rachel Pollack by 20 September 2014. Proposals should include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • a statement indicating how the candidate's qualifications and experience make him/her suitable for the assignment;
  • an indication of the approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment;
  • the overall cost of the assignment in US dollars.

More information on the this call for proposals is available in the Background document. To elaborate on the scope of the study UNESCO will provide the selected contractor with a detailed concept note.




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