The Freedom Online Coalition

is a partnership of 31 governments, working to advance Internet freedom. Coalition members work closely together to coordinate their diplomatic efforts and engage with civil society and the private sector to support Internet freedom – free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online – worldwide.

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The Annual Freedom Online Conference

is the flagship event of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), bringing together governments and stakeholders from around the world to discuss the most urgent challenges to the realization of human rights online. This year, the Conference will take place at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra from 6-7 February 2020.

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Conference Aims

The conference offers an open platform for discussion among all stakeholders – governments, civil society, the private sector, and others – to share relevant information, develop joint strategies and combine efforts towards their mutual goal of a human rights based Internet.

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Achieving a Common Vision for Internet Freedom

The Internet continues to facilitate innovative and invaluable opportunities for individuals to exercise their rights. At the same time, it can be infiltrated, co-opted, or leveraged by governments and other actors to enact restrictions on the exercise of human rights. 

Globally, state-sponsored restrictions to human rights online continue to limit and challenge Internet freedom, and the closing of civic space worldwide, both online and offline, exacerbates this challenge. Debates surrounding cybersecurity, emerging technology, and disinformation continue to challenge all stakeholders when seeking rights-respecting regulatory frameworks or non-regulatory solutions. Meanwhile, access to the Internet remains an obstacle for many as digital divides continue to exacerbate existing inequalities, threatening the realisation of digital inclusion. 

Responding to these challenges, FOC Members continue to work closely together to coordinate their diplomatic efforts, shape global norms, and engage with civil society and the private sector to support Internet freedom – free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online – worldwide. 

The challenges are many, and the stakes are high. Now, more than ever, there is a need for concentrated action by governments and other stakeholders to promote and protect human rights in the digital environment.  

Meet our Featured Participants

This conference program has been jointly developed by the Chair, FOC Members and the FOC Advisory Network. Please note that this program is subject to change and will continue to be updated until confirmed.

Day 1
06 Feb 2020
Day 2
07 Feb 2020
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Break

Lunch

Break

Break

Reception

Location

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
Teshie Nungua, Accra
supportunit@freedomonlinecoalition.com

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