Resource exchange initiative

The winners of the resource exchange participated in the Safer Internet Forum 2014 in Brussels.

  

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25/06/2014

"Rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in accordance with international human rights legal obligations".


This is one of the of the main ideas that came up at the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also referred to as NETmundial, that took place in April 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.

During the dialogue, stakeholders identified shared values and human rights as the principles on which the internet should be based. These include the right to freedom of expression; the right to peaceful assembly and association online including on social networks; the right to privacy; the right to internet access including access for the disabled and disadvantaged; the right to access information online; and the right to use the internet as a tool for sustainable development.

We take the internet for granted in our daily lives but what we do not always realise is that the World Wide Web is just twenty-five years old. The internet, as we see it today, will evolve and might be radically different in a couple of years. It is thus very important for us to understand the issues related to internet usage and also to ensure that we become a part of discussion.

In this context, young people are encouraged to participate in the shaping up of the Youth Manifesto, an initiative by youth and for youth, which will incorporate the best of the ideas on the future of internet voiced by young Europeans. It gives you a chance to communicate directly to policy makers and ensure that the internet is a better place for all, today as well as tomorrow. Read more about the outcome of the NETmundial conference here.

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Editor: Rupinder Arora

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