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December 2016

FOC Updates

Coalition begins new phase of activities

At FO2016, the Outcome Document of the 2016 FOC Strategic Review, the San José Statement, was presented to the international community, setting in motion the beginning of a new phase of the Freedom Online Coalition’s work and activities. The Statement and accompanying Work Plan, available here, set forth the Coalition’s aims and priority activities and offers a blueprint for revising the existing Nairobi Terms of Reference to update the FOC structure and operations.

To start this new phase, the membership of the Friends of the Chair Group has been newly consolidated, consisting of the following governments: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, U.K., U.S.

A new Terms of Reference Working Group (TORWG) focusing on revising the Nairobi Terms of Reference has also been created, consisting of the following governments: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Netherlands, U.K., U.S.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State blog post on Internet Disruption

Following his participation at the 6th FOC Conference in San José, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Tom Malinowski, published a Dipnote blog post on the growing trend of Internet Disruption. You can access the blog post here.

Upcoming Events


FOC Events at the Internet Governance Forum 2016, Guadalajara

FOC Open Forum, 7 December, 12:00-13:00, Workshop Room 8

At this IGF Open Forum, Coalition members will give updates on the work of the Coalition since IGF João Pessoa, including the Freedom Online Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, October 17th and 18th, the progress of the three FOC working groups, key issues of concern to Internet freedom, and the Digital Defenders Partnership. The Coalition will also use this Open Forum to invite the IGF community to engage in a discussion on the future direction of the FOC, in light of the internal strategic review that its members conducted in 2016 to mark the Coalition’s five-year anniversary. This Open Forum will be a platform for all interested members of the IGF community to participate; members of all stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend. Website link here.

Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity, 5 December, 16:30-18:00, Workshop Room 6

The co-chair of FOC WG1, Matthew Shears, will be leading this pre-event aimed at leveraging work and best practices from a range of actors drawn from the Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Cybersecurity – including that of WG1 who contributed to the BPF document. The purpose of this session is to have a practical and interactive dialogue on the diversity of cyber security spaces and how civil society can engage with them. The session will explore how stakeholders can engage in cybersecurity processes and fora and what tools and mechanisms can be used to encourage multistakeholder approaches to cybersecurity policy-making and norm-setting. Website link 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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