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      June 2017

FOC Updates

FOC Launches Revised Terms of Reference

On May 16 2017, at the FOC Strategy an Coordination Meeting held adjacent to the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017, the FOC officially adopted its new Terms of Reference (TOR).

The new TOR – known as the “Stockholm Terms of Reference”– contains, inter alia, updates to the Coalition’s membership criteria, the future of multistakeholder participation, and provides clarification of FOC’s working methods.

The revision of the TOR represents a key outcome of the FOC Strategic Review which culminated at the 6th Annual Freedom Online Conference in Costa Rica in October 2016 with the adoption of the San José Statement. The Statement and accompanying Work Plan set forth the Coalition’s aims and priority activities and offered a blueprint for revising the previous Nairobi Terms of Reference to update and strengthen the FOC's structure and operations in support of its objectives.

Since Costa Rica, the development of the TOR has been spearheaded by the FOC Terms of Reference Working Group, which has held a series of virtual and physical consultations with FOC members, as well as other FOC stakeholders to inform the draft. The new TOR will serve as the basis for Coalition’s continued efforts to advance human rights online.

FOC Activities at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

At the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 [SIF2017], the FOC convened a Strategy and Coordination meeting to discuss its work for the year ahead. Stakeholders were invited as part of the meeting to discuss FOC priorities in light of key challenges in the field of internet freedom. In addition, an additional parallel consultation on multistakeholder engagement was held to give stakeholders an opportunity to review relevant sections of the Stockholm Terms of Reference, and discuss key areas that will inform operationalisation of the FOC’s approach to stakeholder engagement.

Coalition members participated in an Open Forum with SIF2017 participants on Day 1 of the official program to report back on key takeaways from the meeting. This included presentation of the new FOC Stockholm Terms of Reference, an overview of the FOC Strategic Review and the progress made on its outcomes so far and key highlights on multistakeholder engagement and an outline of FOC priorities for 2017-18. You can watch a recording of the session here

Working Group 2 Releases Output Document on Digital Development and the Rule of Law
Working Group 2 of the Freedom Online Coalition, Digital Development and the Rule of Law announces its output document, representing the culmination of their work to date. The mandate of the Working Group, which was established in spring 2015 and ended May 2017, was to identify challenges and opportunities to strengthen rule of law as a key factor in promoting digital development and respect for human rights in the digital sphere.

The report first summarises the findings of the Working Group; second, it explores how different parts of the online ecosystem can promote the rule of law in the digital environment; and third, provides recommendations to FOC governments regarding how they can collaborate to expand the rule of law online. You can read the full report here.

Upcoming Events

FOC member Estonia to host EuroDIG 10th Anniversary

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia will host the 10th anniversary of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance [EuroDIG] 2017 in Tallinn on 6-7 June.

EuroDIG is an open multi-stakeholder platform to exchange views about the Internet and how it is governed. Culminating in an annual conference that takes place in a different capital city, EuroDIG ‘messages’ are prepared and presented to the UN-led Internet Governance Forum.

The program is now available to see on the website, here, and links for remote participation and video streaming will be provided shortly before the event. Detailed information for each session can be found at the EuroDIG-Wiki.

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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