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Thursday, May 17 • 13:20 - 14:20
UNESCO Internet Universality indicators: to shape a free and open Internet that enables rights, empowers individuals and facilitates sustainable development

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UNESCO will take the occasion to present its draft Internet Universality Indicators and engage with RightsCon stakeholders to facilitate the application and implementation of these indicators at national levels. The indicators were developed as an immediate response to UNESCO’s adoption of the ‘CONNECTing the Dots’ Outcome document in 2015, when UNESCO put the concept of ‘Internet Universality’ at the heart of its work to promote an Internet that works for all. Internet Universality points to four fundamental norms – known for short as the ROAM principles – which are the guiding framework that promotes an Internet based on human rights, and the principles of openness, accessibility, and multi-stakeholder participation.

The Internet Universality indicator framework is structured around the four ROAM Principles of UNESCO Internet Universality concept (openness, accessibility, and multi-stakeholder participation), alongside Cross-Cutting Indicators concerned with gender and the needs of children and young people, sustainable development, trust and security, and legal and ethical aspects of the Internet.  There are a mix of quantitative and qualitative Indicators.

UNESCO advocates these indicators in order to enrich the stakeholders’ capacity for assessing Internet development, broaden international consensus, and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development. These indicators will help governments and other stakeholders to assess their own national Internet environments and to promote the values associated with Internet Universality. There will be a mix of quantitative and qualitative Indicators. The work on the project to define Internet Universality Indicators is being led for UNESCO by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

UNESCO seeks to expand partnerships and synergies with stakeholders in implementing Internet Universality principles and applying Internet indicators in different countries once they are available in June 2018.The session will be an interactive roundtable discussion. It will start with a brief presentation of the draft Indicators to be followed by comments by panelists and audiences. The  document of Internet Universality Indicators will be circulated in advance of the consultation and it can be downloaded at (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetuniversality).

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Xianhong Hu

Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Dr. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO’s Programme Specialist at the Sector of Communication and Information since 2006. Her expertise and responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression, privacy, journalism, media development, Internet governance and AI policies. She has followed the... Read More →

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Nick Dagostino

RightsCon Director, Access Now
Nick directs RightsCon, the world's leading event on human rights in the digital age. He's passionate about bringing people together to tackle the great issues at the intersection of technology, politics, rights, and societal change. Prior to joining Access Now, Nick was with the... Read More →
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Eman Jaradat

Jordan Open Source Association

Thursday May 17, 2018 13:20 - 14:20 EDT