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Internet Governance

Internet Governance
Internet Governance

Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.
The Internet is a major opportunity to improve free flow of information and ideas throughout the world. Internet governance mechanisms should be based on the principle of “openness”, encompassing interoperability, freedom of expression in Knowledge Societies and measures to resist any attempt to censor content.

For UNESCO, Internet Governance is a core concern. The Organization advocates an open, transparent and inclusive approach to Internet Governance based on the principle of openness encompassings the free flow of information, freedom of expression and technical interoperability.

The main areas of relevance to UNESCO are the concern for ethical dimensions, the realization of multilingualism in Cyberspace and capacity-building.

UNESCO Workshops at
First meeting of Internet Governance Forum
(Athens, Greece, 31 October - 2 November 2006)