The Stockholm Internet Forum is a multi-stakeholder conference that aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide. It was held for the first time in April 2012. The Forum aims to bring together policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives. Freedom and openness, respect for human rights, innovation and global development are the key concepts for the Forum.The conference has two main themes this year: Internet Freedom and Security, and Internet Freedom and Development. For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.stockholminternetforum.se/
CSTD is a UN-housed body that provides the General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant science and technology issues. It’s 16th annual session will address 1) Science, technology and innovation for sustainable cities and peri-urban communities, 2) Internet broadband for an inclusive digital society, and 3) Progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). In addition, the Commission will hear presentations on national science, technology and innovation policy reviews. The participants will include representatives of Governments, civil society, the private sector and international organizations. For more information, please visit http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=213
The Freedom Online Coalition is an inter-governmental coalition that aims to promote freedom and development on and through the Internet. Its annual multi-stakeholder conferences inform and shape the Coalition’s positions and strategies. This year’s conference will focus on developing three themes of work for the Coalition – 1) Towards an internet free and secure, 2) Digital development and openness, and 3) Supporting privacy and transparency online. The conference will be a crucial opportunity for stakeholders from Tunisia, the region, and beyond, to further explore and strengthen the efforts towards upholding human rights principles in the online space. For more information please see the conference website: http://www.freedomonline.tn.
In a year when the confidence of Internet users in the Internet governance status quo was shattered by revelations of systematic and indiscriminate governance surveillance, there is a greater need than ever before for civil society organisations engaged on Internet governance and Internet rights freedom issues to come together to share and strategise. The 2013 meeting of the Best Bits network will address key issues at the intersection of Internet policy and human rights, for direct application over the next twelve months.
Through the shared outputs of this meeting and the indirect benefits of participation, we expect to empower civil society organisations and individual activists to create more informed, effective, inclusive and complementary advocacy outcomes, in which the public interest is better reflected in high-level policy discussions and in the outputs that these discussions produce. The meeting will also place Best Bits itself on a firmer institutional footing, in order to enhance its legitimacy as a broad-based civil society advocacy network and improve its long-term sustainability.
Welcome, introductions, logistics, and meeting opening
Global Internet governance principles, enhanced cooperation and the IGF
Facilitators: Parminder Jeet Singh and Joy Liddicoat, background documents
If required, divide into groups of 3 and then report back.
Lunch and networking break
The ITU, the WSIS+10 process and other IG-related spaces
Facilitators: Joana Varon Ferraz and Matthew Shears, background documents
Output: Set of draft recommendations based on the following questions:
Output Setting up of task forces (as necessary) with the aim of building appropriate engagement roadmaps.
State surveillance and human rights
Facilitators: Andrew Puddephatt and Deborah Brown, background documents
Potential output from group 1: A list of important upcoming standards discussions and RFCs; sketch out a timeline of more technical meetings where these issues can/should be discussed.
Potential output from group 2: A concrete requests for the private sector- internet companies and telcos- that would outline what actions from corporations civil society would like to see in light of surveillance revelations
Potential output from group 3: Outcome might be a series of action points/ a working group/ a short statement aimed at IGF and potentially other bodies. We will have to take our cue on this one from the previous day, whether it looks like people want to focus on Brazil2014, IGF, a broader statement that can be repurposed, etc.
Lunch and networking break
Facilitator: Jeremy Malcolm and Anja Kovacs, background documents
Output: Agreed statement of objectives.
Output: Procedure wiki.
Joint Best Bits/Web We Want dinner at Nusa Dua Beach Grill (own cost of IDR 200.000, transport provided)
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