Submitted Proposals


Organization: UNESCO
Title :
19. Freedom of Expression in cyberspace: Internet Filtering and Censorship
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Based on UNESCO’s consistent efforts in advocating free flow of information and freedom of expression in cyberspace, the workshop continues to explore the latest challenges to openness and freedom of expression on the Internet and identify the implications of governmental and other Internet content regulation particularly by direct implementation of filtering and content censorship. The workshop also seeks to develop strategies and methods to minimize repressive forms of content regulation, and examine how countries with different notions of legal and illegal content can reconcile these differences in a way that maximizes the freedom and value of the Internet.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.


Keynote: Julien Pain, France 24 Observers

  • Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe
  • Gus Hosein, LSE
  • Agnes Callamard, Article 19
  • Stuart Hamilton, IFLA
  • Roland Bless, OSCE

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

UNESCO - Article 19- Dynamic Coalition of FOE

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
Freedom of Expression is a fundamental principle to promote openness in cyberspace and should be mainstreamed in the whole process of the Internet governance. It is a major element in relation to almost all the themes of IGF. It corresponds to the theme of security with its concern of privacy; it contributes to the overall understanding of access both in terms of physical connection and content sharing; and it strengthens the theme of diversity by pursuing a free market of ideas and information in cyberspace.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
1) At the first Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece, 31 Oct-2 Nov 2006, UNESCO organized two workshops titled “Openness in Cyberspace: the Challenges of Freedom of Expression” and “Content Filtering and Freedom of Expression” . 2) Jointly with the Council of Europe, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, UNESCO organized a workshop on "Openness of the Internet: Protecting both Freedom of Expression and Security" at the second IGF in Rio on 12 November 2007.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
UNESCO organized several workshops last year and is organizing 4 for the 3rd IGF