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May 2016

FOC Updates

FOC Strategic Review Working Group Statement on Independent Report by University of Pennsylvania

The FOC’s Strategic Review Working Group has issued a statement on the independent report written by the University of Pennsylvania assessing the Coalition. The Coalition thanks the authors and editorial team for their efforts and the contribution they have made to the ongoing discussions around the future direction of the Coalition. The work of the authors of this report, in assessing how the Coalition is perceived by a range of stakeholders both within and outside the Coalition will be valuable in allowing the Coalition to explore its challenges and opportunities and understand the added value the Coalition can bring to promoting internet freedom. The Strategic Review Working Group will consider this report, and the author’s recommendations, alongside a number of other sources and inputs as its Strategic Review progresses, with a view to further discussion at the 6th Freedom Online Conference.

Sixth FO Conference Launch event held in San José

On Thursday, April 28, in San José, the government of Costa Rica - the current Chair of the Coalition - held an official Launch event for the 6th Freedom Online Conference. The Conference, the first ever to be held in Latin America, will take place in San José, Costa Rica, on 17th and 18th of October. The Launch, aimed primarily at the diplomatic corps and the press, was hosted by the Minister of External Affairs of Costa Rica, Mr. Manuel A. González Sanz, and included statements by Minister Sanz and Ms. Angelica Chinchilla from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, and a presentation by Lea Kaspar from the FOC Support Unit. For more information about the launch event, participants are invited to see the official press releases in English and Spanish.

World Press Freedom Day Seminar to Discuss the Challenges to Protecting Human Rights Online Held in Helsinki

A seminar was organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland and the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) as part of World Press Freedom Day (hosted by UNESCO). The seminar took stock of current prospects for human rights online most relevant to UNESCO’s mandate. While the internet has created new opportunities to exchange information and ideas across boundaries, there are new threats to free expression online emerging. In discussing these challenges the seminar also considered how to promote privacy and safety online while keeping the internet open and free, ensure that a multi-stakeholder policy framework continues to shape internet policy and support civil society and human rights defenders in the internet environment. More information here.

Related News 

Further to the above updates from the Freedom Online Coalition, you may be interested in looking at the following curated news digests on online freedom issues from this month. Note that the views expressed in these digests represent the views of individual authors and not necessarily the views of the Freedom Online Coalition or its members. . 
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