I&J contributed

Published on
December 12, 2019

On February 6-7, 2020 I&J Deputy Executive Director Paul Fehlinger will attend the 8th Freedom Online Coalition Conference Accra, Ghana.

The Freedom Online Coalition is a partnership of 31 governments, working to advance Internet freedom. Coalition members work closely together to coordinate their diplomatic efforts and engage with civil society and the private sector to support Internet freedom – free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online – worldwide. 

In March 2019, it was announced that the Chairmanship of the Freedom Online Coalition has been passed to Ghana and will extend  from 1 March 2019-1 March 2020. 

The meetings discuss the current state of digital rights across Africa, outlining strategies for improving digital rights on the continent, and globally.

Mr Fehlinger will provide stakeholders with a presentation of the key findings of the world’s first Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019 and update participants about the work of 140+ stakeholders from around the world in the thematic Programs of the Policy Network, and developed proposals for operational Norms, Criteria, and Mechanisms

Data & Jurisdiction Program: Cross-border access to electronic evidence 

Content & Jurisdiction Program: Cross-border content moderation and restrictions 

Domains & Jurisdiction Program: Cross-border DNS-level action to address abuses. 

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has been participating in the Freedom Online Coalition since 2015 when I&J Deputy Executive Director served as a Member of the Rule of Law Working Group. Last year, I&J Executive Director Bertrand de La Chapelle participated in the meeting which took place on November 28-30, 2018, in Berlin, Germany, during which the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas highlighted the importance of the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network to enhance multistakeholder cooperation to protect internet freedom in the opening speech.