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January 2017

FOC Updates

FOC Activities at the 11th Internet Governance Forum 2016

The eleventh annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held on 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, México. Over the course of the four days, more than 2000 delegates from 123 countries participated in around 200 sessions at the IGF, with thousands more stakeholders actively engaging online. FOC members were actively involved in the sessions, and the Coalition held several meetings during the week. Meetings included an informal meeting between Coalition members and civil society stakeholders, Working Group meetings, and a Strategy and Coordination Meeting for Coalition members (minutes available here).

FOC IGF Open Forum

At the FOC Open Forum, Coalition members looked back on the last five years of the FOC. Carmen Gonsalves from the Government of the Netherlands gave opening remarks on how the FOC has evolved since its founding in 2011 through to the 2016 Conference in San José. She highlighted the importance of the FOC’s role as a coordination body for member states, and the creation and value of the multistakeholder Working Groups. Issues raised by participants included accountability mechanisms within the Coalition and concerns regarding safety of journalists and protection of human rights online in Mexico. In response to these concerns, members communicated the proposals made by the outcomes of the Strategic Review on updating the Coalition’s membership criteria and development of internal measures to evaluate current Coalition member compliance. In addition, it was also noted that the FOC committed in October 2016 to issuing a joint statement on network disruptions, with the Governments of Ghana and the United States leading the drafting process for the FOC with input from external stakeholders.

Best Practices Forum on Cybersecurity: Creating Spaces for Multistakeholder Dialogue in Cybersecurity Processes
At this IGF pre-event session, hosted by Matthew Shears, co-chair of FOC WG1, participants engaged in a practical and interactive discussion on how stakeholders can engage in cybersecurity processes and fora, and what expertise, tools and mechanisms can be used to facilitate and encourage multistakeholder approaches to cybersecurity policy-making and norm-setting. The session discussed how to build on the increasing calls for cybersecurity policies to be developed in a more open and inclusive manner. Examples of best practice from around the world were presented, including the FOC WG1 recommendations, and lessons learned were shared. The output of the session fed into the main Best Practices Cyber Session at the IGF.  <

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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