Today, 30 governments are part of the Freedom Online Coalition:
The Czech Republic
United States of America
FOC Members are countries committed to protecting and promoting online freedoms domestically and abroad. FOC members agree to work together through joint FOC activities and to adhere to existing FOC commitments as stated in the Coalition’s Founding Declaration; the Stockholm Terms of Reference and the Tallinn Agenda.
For more information about the Coalition and its principles, please see the FOC fact sheet.
Since its founding Conference, the FOC has grown from 15 members in 2011 to 30 today. As the most recent member, Argentina joined the Coalition in 2016.
The Chair of the Coalition rotates among member states on an annual basis. The Coalition is currently being chaired by the Friends of the Chair group in the absence of a Coalition Chair. This group consists of the governments of: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway the UK and the USA.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
The Coalition is constantly expanding and open to additional countries who have demonstrated a strong commitment to human rights and Internet freedom around the globe.
Countries who wish to join the Coalition should apply to the Chair country and the founder. Expressions of interest and formal applications can also be sent to the Support Unit who will then forward it on to the current Chair. To contact the support Unit, please use the contact form or send an email to info (at) freedomonlinecoalition.com
Aspiring members’ applications are assessed based on their domestic record when it comes to respecting human rights online, the countries voting record in international fora on Internet freedom issues, and the degree to which the country takes a proactive role on furthering Internet freedom in its foreign policy. The Coalition further looks to ensure wide geographical representation.