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Member states of the Freedom Online Coalition adopted recommendations in support of a free Internet, aka the Tallinn Agenda

29.04.2014

Today the 23 member states of the Freedom Online Coalition adopted recommendations, also known as the Tallinn Agenda, on how to ensure that online freedoms remain central to Internet governance models and their fundamental principles in the future.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet thanked all the public and private sector representatives, as well as those representing NGOs, who have been working since January to develop the recommendations. “The participation of such a wide group of experts in drawing up the recommendations ensures that the ideas of all the stakeholders are represented,” Paet said. “These recommendations provide a clear and good plan of action for the Freedom Online Coalition member states to rely on in supporting online freedoms in the future,” he added.

Paet said that the Coalition members are guided by the principle set out in the recommendations that human rights and freedoms must be protected, both offline and online. “All states should promote the free and unlimited movement of information – the Internet should not become fragmented or nationalised,” he said. Foreign Minister Paet stated that the free Internet is a powerful tool for innovation and economic growth. “E-Estonia's success story is a good example and proof of this,” Paet said. “Our e -government and e-services are Internet-based, which has always been free and available to everyone,” he added.

Noted among other things in the recommendations is that both the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs, each have their own role in ensuring that human rights are being protected in cyberspace. With the adoption of these recommendations, the member states of the Coalition call on all governments to stop restricting freedom of expression on the Internet and promise to support initiatives that promote and protect human rights and freedom of expression in cyberspace. “We invite everyone to share these best practices to ensure the protection of human rights online in the future,” Foreign Minister Urmas Paet added.

Members of the Coalition also condemn attempts to restrict human rights in cyberspace.
Become acquainted with the Recommendations for Freedom Online, also known as the Tallinn Agenda, adopted today: http://www.freedomonline.ee/foc-recommendations.

The recommendations were developed by a working group consisting of NGOs and international companies, led by the Estonian e-Governance Academy in cooperation with Freedom House. You can get acquainted with the members here: http://www.freedomonline.ee/working-group/members.

On April 28 and 29, at the Freedom Online Coalition’s high-level conference “Free and Secure Internet for All” in Tallinn, more than 460 participants from 60 countries will meet. You can watch the conference live here: www.freedomonline.ee. You can also follow conference events and quotes via the Freedom Online Coalition Twitter account and Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Twitter account and Facebook page.

The Freedom Online Coalition was founded in 2011 at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands at the Internet freedom conference held in The Hague. Today, the number of coalition members has grown to 23 states. In addition to Estonia, members include Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, U.S.A., UK, Sweden, Costa Rica, Finland, Tunisia, Latvia, Germany, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Japan. The aim of the Freedom Online Coalition is to protect and promote freedom of the Internet globally and to shape international decisions based on its fundamental principles.

 

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