Shaping the digital environment – ensuring our rights on the Internet

Austria will organize within the framework of the Austrian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe a Conference entitled “Shaping the Digital Environment – Ensuring our Rights on the Internet”.

The Conference will take place on 13 and 14 March 2014 in Graz (Austria) and will be held in the Aula of the Old University.

The Conference will address current challenges and responses to make the internet an inclusive and people-centred space in the follow-up of the Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy 2012-2015, adopted in 2012.

It will build upon a multi-stakeholder approach, and discuss challenges and best practices in the light of recent developments in the field of Internet governance. Participants will take stock of the progress made on the Council of Europe’s Internet Governance Strategy, thereby also identifying possible ways forward beyond 2015. They will address inter alia:

  1. privacy and self-determination on the internet
  2. public interest content on the Internet
  3. business and human rights – industry responses to user rights

The Conference will be held at the level of representatives and experts from governments, international organisations, industry and civil society. It will be opened with a High-Level Panel. Working languages of the Conference will be English and French.

Persons wishing to participate are invited to pre-register on-line.

The Conference will be webcast.


Internet Governance – Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015

The Council of Europe Strategy on Internet Governance (2012-2015): Mid-Term Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe


About Veronica Cretu

Veronica Cretu, President of the Open Government Institute with MA in Contemporary Diplomacy from Academy of Diplomatic Studies of Malta, is an active member of several important national and international committees related to Open Government & Internet Governance. Since April 2013, Veronica is a member of the civil society Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and is a coordinator of the civil society working group on E-Government/Open Government (part of the Moldova National Participation Council). Veronica is a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and member of the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbering). She is also a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment to UN in Moldova. Veronica worked in a number of countries around the world such as Liberia, Turkey and Nepal as an international expert in critical thinking methodology and addressed the educational sector of those countries.

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