Council of Europe
Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.
The Council of Europe is made up of several bodies, including the Parliamentary Assembly, the European Commission of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Council of Europe and Internet Governance
While always approaching the subject from the perspective of protecting and expanding human rights, the Council of Europe has contributed in a number of ways to discussions of Internet governance. Some examples include:
- Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the management of the Internet protocol address resources in the public interest (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 29 September 2010 at the 1094th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
- Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the Digital Agenda for Europe
The Council of Europe has also been an active contributor to the Internet Governance Forum:
European Dialogue on Internet Dialogue (EuroDIG)
The Council of Europe provides the secretariat of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), working in cooperation with European Union institutions and other organisations.
EuroDIG is a platform for discussing and shaping a European perspective to Internet governance. It has taken place annually since 2008, and hosts discussions on issues of regional significance, as well as feeding into the global discussions that take place at the Internet Governance Forum.
Internet Freedom Conference - From Principles to Global Treaty Law?
In April 2011, the Council of Europe held a conference to discuss a set of ten draft principles on Internet governance, proposed by a Council of Europe group of experts, and how these principles might be formalised in a soft law framework.
The conference discussions were based on the work done by the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Cross-border Internet (MC-S-CI), to which the RIPE NCC has actively contributed.