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Friday, September 5 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS21: Intermediaries’ role and good practice in protecting FOE

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Internet intermediaries play a unique role in linking authors of content and audiences. Given their role in capturing, storing, searching, sharing, transferring and processing large amount of information, data and user-generated content, the actions of these actors may either protect or jeopardize end user rights to free expression. This role is particularly prominent in the cases of search engines and Internet-service providers (ISPs), hosting providers, cloud computing services, online social networks and media houses.
This session will be an opportunity to present and discuss the results of a brand new research project on Internet intermediaries, commissioned by UNESCO, Open Society Foundation and the Internet Society. This report is using a case study methodology to provide insights on how Internet intermediaries - including search engines, social media and ISPs – address freedom of expression issues across a range of jurisdictions, circumstances, technologies and business models.
This workshop aims to trigger discussion on the outcomes of this research and to contribute to identifying principles for good practices and processes that are consistent with international standards for free expression. The launch of the UNESCO-OSF-ISOC findings and outcomes of the discussion will inform various actors, including Internet intermediaries and other stakeholders, and will also contribute to developing a set of good practices applicable across different regions.


5’ Openning remarks by Chair Mr Guy Berger, Director for Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
10’ presentation by Ms Rebecca MacKinnon, commissioned leading author of the research on Internet intermediaries
5’ comment by Mr Jan Malinowski, Head of Information Society Department, CoE
5’ comment by Ms Lillian Nalwoga, researcher of CIPESA, Uganda.
5’ comment by Ms Avri Doria, Research consultant on Internet Architectures and Governance
5’ comment by Mr Patrick Ryan, ‎Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel, Free Expression and International Relations at Google Inc.
5’ comment by Ms Ceren Unal, Bilkent University Faculty of Law, Turkey
5' Mr Jean-Jacques Sahel, vice president of ICANN in Europe
50’ Discussions

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Guy Berger

Director for Policies and Strategies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO
I am director for Policies and Strategies in the field of Communication and Information at UNESCO. I work with colleagues on UNESCO's report "World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development", and taking forward UNESCO Member States' agreement to the concept of Internet... Read More →

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Avri Doria

Avri Doria is a research consultant. She served on the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She served as a member the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory... Read More →

Lillian Nalwoga

Policy Officer, Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
Lillian Nalwoga works as a Policy Officer at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and is also the President of the Internet Society – Uganda Chapter. She is actively involved in ICT policy debates at the local, regional and global level... Read More →

Elvana Thaçi

Administrator, Council of Europe
Elvana Thaçi works as and administrator for the Information Society Division, in the General Directorate of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe. She has participated in the elaboration of a number of Council of Europe policy documents on the protection of rights and freedoms on the Internet, in particular freedom of expression and freedom of association... Read More →

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Friday September 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EEST
Workshop Room 01 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B1)

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