The Freedom Online Coalition offers its members an informal diplomatic space to share information and concerns about current developments that threaten to compromise Internet freedom around the world.
Through direct connections between states, members can bring worrying or positive developments to the attention of a group of likeminded governments in the Coalition.
This fast and direct information sharing allows the Coalition to react quickly to recent developments and deliberate them in an informal setting among governments who are governed by the same principles of Internet Freedom.
In many cases, this allows the Coalition to react together by issuing Joint Statements and press releases, representing the views of either the whole Coalition or specific members.
By reacting jointly to emerging issues, Coalition members are able increase the visibility of their response and the impact of their statements.
Notable examples of joint reactions of FOC members include coordination among FOC members during the ITU WCIT meeting in December 2012, a joint statement at the OSCE Internet Freedom conference in Vienna, February 2013; the Statement by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Freedom Online Coalition to mark World Press Freedom Day 2012; the Joint Statement on the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Decree 72 issued in August 2013; submission of coordinated FOC input into UNESCO’s Internet Study that was launched in March 2015; Joint Statement presented at the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2015; and Joint Statement on restrictive data localisation laws.