IGF 2019 OF #26 FOC Open Forum


The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is an intergovernmental coalition of 30 countries committed to advancing Internet freedom – free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online – worldwide. This Open Forum will provide IGF participants with the opportunity to learn more about the FOC's activities under Ghana's Chairmanship of the Coalition, the implementation of FOC activities under the Program of Action for 2019-2020, including the upcoming FO Conference in Accra. This session will include a discussion on the FOC's Joint Statement on Digital Inclusion, and its recommendations to stakeholders. In this session IGF participants will be encouraged to engage directly with the panellists of FOC and FOC Advisory Network Members, to discuss the FOC's priorities and activities relating to digital inclusion, and bridging the digital divide. Participants in the session will be invited to pose questions and comments and participate in a lively discussion on promoting and protecting human rights in the face of ongoing and emerging threats to freedom online.


Freedom Online Coalition Support Unit
This session is being submitted by the FOC Support Unit and the governments of Germany, Ghana and the US:

Rainer Schmiedchen, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Emmanuella Darkwah, Ministry of Communications, Ghana

Jordyn Arndt, US Department of State


Rainer Schmiedchen, Federal Foreign Office, Germany Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Ministry of Communications, Ghana Bernard Shen, Microsoft Mallory Knodel, Article 19

Online Moderator: 

Aisha Simon


GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions