15 December, 2011
On the 8th and 9th of December, the ministerial conference ‘Freedom Online – Joint Action for Free Expression on the Internet’ took place in The Hague, the Netherlands. High level guests, including the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Swedish minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, shared their views on Internet freedom and discussed about concrete commitments to further Internet freedom and freedom of expression online. The conference was opened by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, mr. Uri Rosenthal, One of the key issues ath stake was the complex question how we can protect and enhance Internet freedom. The functioning of technology, the role of governments, the role of businesses and this subject’s interconnection with cyber security and safeguarding the rule of law online all play a role in the debate on Internet freedom. Considerati was asked by the Dutch foreign ministry to conduct research and write background papers for the conference, to make this complex issue more understandable and to stimulate the debate. Considerati has made substantive contributions to this project by preparing four papers: a general paper on Internet governance and regulation, a paper on the protection of cyber activists, a paper on corporate responsibility and a paper on the role of governments. On Friday Dec, 9, the government representatives present negotiated a joint statement and a plan of action to further internet freedom in the years to come, based on this stocktaking. Please visit the website of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where you can read more on internet freedom and you can open our documents here.
Senior Legal Consultant