The Coalition members coordinate their diplomatic efforts, share information on violations of human rights online and work together to voice concern over measures that curtail human rights online. The Coalition also collaborates by issuing joint statements, by sharing policy approaches to complex issues, exchanging views on strategy, and planning participation in relevant forums.
Additionally, the Coalition provides a platform for multistakeholder engagement, which is also recognized in its founding declaration. The Coalition has made continuous efforts to engage civil society and the private sector in a constructive dialogue on pressing issues related to Internet freedom and digital right and has grown into a unique avenue for direct engagement with high-level government representatives. The Coalition encourages member states to engage with companies domestically to discuss human rights challenges faced by the ICT sector at the national level.
Once a year, the FOC holds a multi-stakeholder conference that aims to review developments and deepen the discussion on how freedom of expression on the Internet can help to promote democracy, human rights, and social, cultural and economic development. After the launch conference in The Hague 2011, annual Internet Freedom Conferences followed in Nairobi 2012, Tunis 2013, Tallinn 2014, Ulaanbaatar 2015, San Jose 2016 and Berlin 2018.
Members agreed in the San Jose Statement and Work Plan to prioritize three primary activity areas:
As outlined in the Freedom Online Coalition 2019-2020 Plan of Action, from 1 March 2019 – 1 March 2020 the Coalition will focus its diplomatic work and activities on the following objectives:
The Czech Republic
United States of America
The Coalition is constantly expanding and is open to additional countries who have demonstrated a strong commitment to human rights and Internet Freedom around the globe.