IGF 2020 Village Booth #52 Council of Europe




The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation comprising 47 member states, including all countries of the European Union. Its statutory decision-making body - the Committee of Ministers – brings together the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of its member states. With over 200 international conventions, some open for accession by non-member states, the Organisation is the stronghold of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe and beyond. All Council of Europe member states are parties to the European Convention on Human Rights, with its implementation overseen by the European Court of Human Rights. The Court’s case-law makes the Convention a powerful living instrument for addressing new challenges.

WHO WE ARE : Council of Europe in brief

Digital technologies can greatly facilitate the exercise and the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, boost participatory and democratic processes and facilitate social and commercial activities. But also, they carry with them human rights challenges that require prompt and balanced solutions. The Council of Europe engages in setting standards, promoting the rule of law and fostering multi-stakeholder dialogue to ensure a sustainable, people-centred and human rights-based approach to the challenges of the digital environment.

Visit our dedicated websites:

Freedom of expression: www.coe.int/freedomofexpression

Data protection: www.coe.int/dataprotection

Action against cybercrime: www.coe.int/cybercrime

Artificial intelligence: www.coe.int/AI

The Council of Europe participates in regional and global dialogue on internet governance, such as IGF, WSIS, EURODIG, SEEDIG, ICANN and others, providing policy orientations and instruments. On 3 June 2015, the Committee of Ministers adopted a Declaration on WSIS+10 review and the extension of the IGF mandate which reasserts the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue on internet governance in order to respond to the challenges of the internet.

Council of Europe at IGF 2020: Overview of sessions (co-)organised / supported by the Council of Europe

3 November, 16:50 to 18:50 UTC Pre-Event #30 From Principles to Practice: Artificial Intelligence and the Role of the Private Sector (watch video)

5 November, 07:30 to 08:30 UTC OF #20 Attention Economy and Free Expression? (watch video)

5 November, 08:40 to 09:40 UTC OF #21 Strengthening Implementation Capacities for AI Ethics (watch video)

5 November, 16:20 to 20:10 UTC Pre-Event #85 How to tackle discrimination by AI-enabled technologies? (watch video)

5 November, 17:40 to 18:40 UTC  OF #30 Human rights and the use of AI in the field of health (watch video)

9 November, 12:10 to 13:40 UTC  WS #182&318 Protection of Personal Data and Privacy in the Prevention and Control of COVID-19(watch video)

10 November, 10:20 to 11:20 UTC WS #59 Everything you wanted to ask about hate speech but didn’t (watch video)

Check also: www.coe.int/IGF2020 


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