Public Service Value of the Internet

13 November 2007 - A Best Practice Forum on Other in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



The Council of Europe is an international organisation which has been finding solutions and responding to issues that affect now 800 million people and organisations in Europe, by working with and influencing member states’ policies and legal frameworks. These responses are set out in our conventions and other standard-setting documents, which include the Cybercrime Convention and the Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. The essence of these and other standards have now been consolidated into a new international standard for the IGF themes (on openness, security, access and diversity) which is entitled the Council of Europe Recommendatio on the public service value of the Internet

Outline agenda:

1. Introduction and moderation by Dr.Karol Jakubowicz (Poland).

2.Depending on the Internet as an essential tool for our everyday lives, in particular to enjoy human rights, participate in public life and in democratic processes and to freely express, exchange and create.

3. The legitimate expectation that Internet services are accessible and affordable, secure, reliable and ongoing through international law and effective international co-operation.

4. What roles and responsibilities for governments, the private sector and civil society in shaping our reliance on (via the evolution, access to and use of) the Internet and our expectations concerning the information and services it delivers in accordance with our basic need to exercise and enjoy our human rights and fundamental freedoms?

5. Why is there so little emphasis on the public service value of the Internet in the Internet Governance Forum?

6. The way forward: conclusions and key messages for states, the private sector, civil society and International organisations.

Council of Europe speakers:

Ms Ania-Mee Ertzeid (Norway) for discussions concerning the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, children as victims etc;

Mr Denton Howard (Ireland/INHOPE) for discussions concerning cybercrime and illegal content/child pornography etc;

Mr Matthias Traimer (Austria) for discussions concerning the openness of the Internet, freedom of expression, the media, and the roles and responsibilities of states;

Mr Mark Kelly (Ireland) for discussions concerning international human rights law, the openness of the Internet, freedom of expression;

Mrs Divina Frau-Meigs (France) for discussions concerning media education/literacy.