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Event on Internet Freedom, 9-9-2016

09 Sep 2016
08:30- 17:00

On Friday 9 September, Marietje Schaake will take part in an event on Internet Freedom in Strasbourg.

Draft programme

8:30 Registration of participants and welcome coffee

9:30 Opening and welcome by Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

9:45 Address by Mr Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

10:00 Address by Mr Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship

10:15 High Level Panel: human rights standards and practice constantly on the verge of conflict

What are the challenges to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms online, especially in the age of security crisis?

How to secure Internet freedom while combatting hate speech?

How to ensure a holistic and harmonised approach to Internet freedom?

What is the institutional commitment of member States, international organisations and other stakeholders to Internet freedom?

Moderator: Mr Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia


Ms Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media;

Mr Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy;

Ms Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament;

Mr Robert Spano, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights;

Mr Volodymyr Ariev, Chairperson of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

Mr Frank la Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO.

11:30 Coffee Break

12:00 A human rights approach to Internet freedom – best practices
and leading examples

What are the Council of Europe Internet freedom indicators, and how can they be used?

Are there examples of member States reviewing and reporting on Internet freedom?

How have international organisations approached monitoring of media and Internet freedom issues?

Moderator: Ms Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, Head of Research at the Estonian e-Governance Academy, Head of Chair of Law and Technology, Tallinn University of Technology


Mr Oliver Schenk, Legal Adviser, Office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany;

Ms. Karmen Turk, Lecturer of IT-Law in University of Tartu;

Mr. Uri Rosenthal, Dutch special envoy on cyber policies;

Mr. Carl Fredrik Wettermark, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Co-Chair of the Working group “Digital Development and Openness” in the Freedom Online Coalition

Mr. Stephen Lowe, Head, Business & Human Rights/Freedom of Expression, Human Rights & Democracy Department, Multilateral Policy Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office;

Mr. Frane Maroevic, Director of the Office of the OSCE RFOM

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 New Horizons for Internet Governance – bringing actors together

How can we make Internet freedom a shared commitment?

What can be learnt from the experience of non-governmental organisations reporting on media and Internet freedom?

What can be learnt from Internet companies’ transparency reports?

How can member States step up their commitment to disclose information about online restriction of human rights and fundamental freedoms, what are the challenges and opportunities?

Moderator: Mr. Matthew Shears, Co-Chair of the Working group “An Internet Free and Secure” Freedom Online Coalition


Ms. Pauline Adès-Mével, Head of EU-Balkans and new media desk, Reporters without Borders;

Ms. Sanja Kelly, Freedom House;

Ms. Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive Index on Censorship;

Mr. Allon Bar, Research Coordinator and Human Rights Specialist;

Ms. Aibhinn Kelleher, Policy Management Associate, Facebook;

Mr. Marco Pancini, Policy Manager, Google;

Ms. Karen White, Policy Manager, Twitter;

Mr. Michael Rotert, Honorary Spokesman, EuroISPA, Chairman of the Association of the German Internet Industry;

Prof. Yaman Akdeniz, Istanbul Bilgi University.

16:00 Final remarks by conference rapporteur Dr. Matthias Kettemann, University of Frankfurt/Main

16:40 Conclusions – Mr. Philippe Boillat, Director General, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Council of Europe; Mr. Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia; Ambassador Gerhard Küntzle, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe

End of the Conference