Submitted Proposals


Organization: Council of Europe
Title :
74. Council of Europe: "The human rights dimension of Internet"
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
The Council of Europe works continually – setting standards for governments and developing tools for stakeholders – in a range of fields of Internet governance, e.g. cybercrime, freedom of expression and information, data protection, public participation in Internet governance, empowerment of children on the Internet and their protection from sexual abuse, Internet access for people with disabilities, and the risks of counterfeit medicines on the web. These ever-evolving standards and tools, borderless in nature, offer solutions to a number of Internet governance challenges. This is why, for example, certain Council of Europe treaties reinforcing the protection of rights of Internet users are open to all countries in the world.

The objective of the Open Forum is to provide a platform for everyone interested in the Council of Europe to know more about its work and future projects in particular on the human rights and rule of law dimensions of the Internet.

The Council of Europe’s priority is to build a safe and open Internet which is governed with people in mind. Users’ rights and freedoms, and their human dignity, are a priority for the Council of Europe as is the need for online democracy, diversity, education and knowledge.

Outline agenda

Opening and setting the scene: Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Moderator: David Reid, BBC and Euronews journalist

1.  Fostering online security and privacyQuestions and discussion
  • The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime – a global framework:Alexander Seger, Head of the Council of Europe Economic Crime Division

2.  Protecting children from harmful content and abuse on the Internet

Questions and discussion
  • Through the Wild Web Woods – an Internet safety game for children: Lioubov Samokhina, Council of Europe Programme “Building a Europe for and with Children”

3.  Promoting accessibility to the Web and diversity

Questions and discussion
  • Internet accessibility for people with disabilities
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.

Council of Europe experts by subject

“Openness, Media, Internet governance”
  • Michael Truppe, Legal Adviser, Federal Chancellery, Vice-Chairman of the Council of Europe experts group on human rights in the information society (Austria)
  • Karol Jakubowicz, Chairman of Information for all Programme, IFAP (Poland)
  • Thomas Schneider, International Affairs Department, Federal Office of Communication (Switzerland)
“Child protection and human dignity”
  • Andrea Millwood-Hargrave, independent advisor on media regulatory policy (United Kingdom)
  • Divina Frau-Meigs, professor of media sociology at the Université Paris 3-Sorbonne (France)
“Cybercrime”
  • Marco Gercke, Lecturer for Law related to Cybercrime at the University of Cologne (Germany)
“Data protection”
  • Yves Poullet, Director of the Centre for Research into Information Technology and Law of Namur University (Belgium)
  • Jean-Marc Dinant, data protection expert (Belgium)
“Public participation in the Internet Governance”
  • Prof. David Souter, Consultant expert (United Kingdom)
“Internet accessibility for people with disabilities”
  • Damian Tatic, former member of the Civil Society Caucus in the process of drafting the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, legal advisor (Serbia)
  • Klaus-Peter Wegge, former Chairman of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Universal Design (Germany)
  • Pierre Guillou, BrailleNet, University Pierre and Marie Curie (France)
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.

The Council of Europe
is an international political organisation, which brings together over 800 million citizens from 47 countries, making up an entire democratic continent. In its work based on intergovernmental cooperation, the Council of Europe seeks to promote democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Its permanent headquarters are in Strasbourg, France

47 member states: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia. Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
This open forum on “The Council of Europe and the information society” aims at generating debates on the human dimension of Internet governance issues.
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.
The open forum will give a comprehensive overview of Council of Europe activities in the field of Internet governance. It will be an introduction to the series of workshops the Council of Europe is proposing to organise or co-organise which are in line with the Tunis agenda and the IGF mandate.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
The Council of Europe organised four workshops, two open forums and two best practice forums in 2007. The open forum on “The Council of Europe and the Information Society” is however the first of its kind.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Together with UNESCO and OSCE, the Council of Europe co-organised the workshop on “Freedom of expression as a security issue” (report will be submitted shortly).
The Council of Europe organised an open forum on “Protecting children on the Internet”.
Together with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Council of Europe co-organised a best practice forum on “Public participation in Internet Governance: Emerging Issues, good practices and proposed solutions” (report submitted).
The Council of Europe also organised a best practice forum on the “Cybercrime convention” (report will be submitted shortly).
Together with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), WNSP and EuroISPA, the Council of Europe organised a workshop on “Content regulation and the duty of states to protect fundemantal rights”.
Together with the EBU, WBU, IFJ and the BBC, the Council of Europe co-organised the IGF workshop on “Quality and the Internet – using and trusting Internet content (report submitted).
The Council of Europe also organised an open forum on the public service value of the Internet (report will be submitted shortly).
Together with cyberlaw Asia, the Council of Europe organised a workshop on “Legislative responses to current and future cyber-threats” (report will be submitted shortly).