- International Bodies

Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue

tVPN were commissioned to provide input to the Council of Europe’s 2011 exchange on religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. The focus of the 2011 meeting was:

Media, Beliefs and Religions
The role of the media in fostering intercultural dialogue, tolerance and mutual understanding: freedom of expression of the media and respect towards cultural and religious diversity

- Agenda

Text of tVPN Submission….

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Dynamic Coalitions

A Dynamic Coalition (DC) is a group that has United Nations recognition as part of the Internet Governance Forum.  DC’s tend to form around a single topic. Current DC’s include: Human Rights, Gender, Accessibility and the Environment. Dynamic Coalitions provide a flexible structure where a wide range of individuals and organizations, often with greatly differing perspectives, can discuss issues of common interest.

At a minimum a DC will hold a workshop at the annual Internet Governance Forum meeting. Ideally a DC will work between these meetings on products such as: joint texts, research reports and encourage on-going dialog between participants.

tVPN Links

Internet Governance A Brief Timeline

External Links

UN Internet Governance Forum
UN Internet Governance Forum – Dynamic Coalitions page

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2009

November 2009 in Sharm el Sheikh marked the 5th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – a meeting convened under the auspices of the United Nations with the purpose of bringing together a wide range of groups to discuss matters of internet governance.

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Internet Governance – A Brief Timeline

In this context the term ‘Internet Governance’ or IG as it is often termed denotes the on-going global discussion about how various aspects of the internet should be run and buy whom. There is no agreed scope of Internet Governance. Narrow interpretations suggest that it is confined to matters such as IP addresses, whereas wide interpretations suggest it should be a multi-stakeholder process and encompasses issues such as free speech and other Human Rights.

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UN IGF: Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age

The UK Government’s Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has proposed a workshop on virtual worlds and public diplomacy to be held as part of the 2009 United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum meeting being held between 15 and 18 of November 2009 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Wednesday 18th (Day 4) 15:30 – 17:00 Room 9 – Siwa Room.

tVPN / UK Government 2009 IGF workshop on virtual worlds – Official Workshop Summary (.pdf)(.doc)

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UN IGF 2008 Workshop Proposal: Virtual Worlds for Delivering Public Service & Innovation

For the 2008 UN Internet Governance Forum meeting in Hyderabad India the UK Government proposed the workshop detailed here. The workshop did not occur due to the disturbances in India at the time.

The official workshop proposal can be found in the IGF site here: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/workshops_08/showmelist.php?mem=46

A summary of the workshop is as follows:

The workshop will showcase Virtual Worlds as a way of providing an innovative and effective way of delivering public services, engaging with citizens and society, inclusively discussing the fact that there may be a number of possible legal/investment barriers to the achievement of the benefits of Virtual Worlds. The aim will be to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, making full use of the academic, scientific and technical communities; showing how stakeholders have helped to find solutions and have used virtual worlds as an effective way of delivering public services.

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OECD Virtual Worlds Study – Proposed ToC

The OECD may produce a report on virtual worlds. You are invited to comment on the proposed scope of this report.

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CoE: A New Notion of Media

On the 28th and 29th of May 2009 the Council of Europe (CoE) Ministers responsible for Media and New Communications Services met to discuss ‘A New Notion of Media’: http://www.ministerialconference.is/

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CoE: Guidelines Protecting Human Rights on the Internet

In 2008 The Council of Europe released Guidelines for protecting human rights on the Internet. These comprised two documents:

The Guidelines seek to outline how these two industries can promote rights as defined in the “Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” (in particular Article 10 – Freedom of expression) in the context of their customers and citizens generally.

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, OCDE) is an organization of 30 countries that promotes policies that support the princples of representative democracy and a fee market economy.

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