The FOC welcomes New Zealand as its 28th member
The Freedom Online Coalition is pleased to announce New Zealand as its newest member. As noted in their letter of intent, “New Zealand is committed to a secure cyberspace that is trusted and resilient…we consider that all people should enjoy the same human rights online as they do offline, including the freedoms of expression, association and religion and belief, and the right to protection of the law against arbitrary interference on privacy.”
FOC New York Network meeting with the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
On October 20, Canada co-hosted with Costa Rica a meeting between the New York chapter of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) and the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye. This meeting allowed for an informal exchange, in which the SR briefed the group on issues such as encryption and anonymity, access to information, and guiding principles on private sector responsibilities. Canada also delivered opening remarks, underscoring Canada’s commitment to protect freedom of opinion and expression on- and offline, including through collaboration with the FOC.
Germany represents the FOC at OSCE conference in Belgrade
Germany represented the FOC this month and spoke at the the third OSCE regional conference on freedom of the internet entitled "Gaining a Digital Edge: Freedom of Expression" in Belgrade, Serbia, from 16 to 18 October. The Conference was organized by Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE Mission to Serbia, SHARE Foundation, and Central European University. The event brought together journalists, media lawyers, representatives of government institutions, IT experts, academics, artists and human rights defenders from 14 countries from South Eastern and Central Europe to discuss strategies for navigating the legal, regulatory, and technological challenges for freedom of expression in the digital environment.