Working Groups

The mandate of all three FOC Working Groups ended in May 2017. These pages holds a record of their work.

At the annual conference in Tunis in 2013, the FOC established three multistakeholder working groups to strengthen continuous cooperation towards practical outcomes on key issues of concern to Internet freedom and human rights. The Working Groups’ mandates ended in May 2017.

The groups acted as a mechanism for multistakeholder engagement, consisting of cca 15-20 members, including FOC governments and representatives from civil society, academia, and the private sector. The working groups held two main functions:

  • Secure continuity and relevance of FOC engagement by working continuously throughout the year and in-between physical FOC meetings. The issue-based focus of the working groups facilitates substantive contributions by the FOC on key Internet freedom issues.
  • Provide an avenue for multistakeholder engagement with FOC governments. By providing a forum of regular communication with other stakeholders, this engagement goes beyond mere information exchange and encourages concrete and issue related cooperation to create tangible outcomes.

The terms of reference for the FOC working groups are available here.

An Internet Free and Secure+

WG 1

As cybersecurity becomes a critical issue on the international agenda, there is a growing need for an informed debate on the relationship between governance, security, and fundamental rights and freedoms online, involving all stakeholders. In this context, the working group “Internet free and secure” seeks to bring a human rights framing to ongoing debates on cybersecurity and aims to develop, through multistakeholder dialogue, meaningful outputs that feed into existing processes.


Digital Development and Openness+

WG 2

The FOC working group “Digital development and openness” will focus on the link between digital development and the rule of law. It will seek to, in a multistakeholder setting, explore ways to further strengthen rule of law principles and good practices in a way that addresses emerging challenges, respects human rights and maximizes the impact of the Internet for social and economic development. In doing so, it will aim to provide a timely contribution by the FOC to new and arising challenges for promoting the respect for human rights online.


Privacy and Transparency Online+

WG 3

This FOC working group focuses on the relationship between government and the private sector in supporting a free, open and safe Internet and in ensuring the same rights that apply offline are safeguarded online. As the instigators and builders of the technology and infrastructure that form ICTs and the Internet, industry has a large and growing impact on debates about rights online.