FOC Issues Joint Statement and Accompanying Good Practices for Government on State-Sponsored Network Disruptions

The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) has issued a joint statement expressing deep concern over the growing trend of intentional state-sponsored disruptions of access to or dissemination of information online. These disruptions challenge the FOC’s goal of protecting and extending an open and interoperable Internet, as affirmed in the Tallinn Agenda.

In addition to the joint statement, the Coalition has issued an accompanying document which outlines good practices, and encourages all governments to refrain from network disruptions which stifle exercise of the freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly online, while bolstering multi-stakeholder, participatory and inclusive Internet governance, strengthening Internet infrastructure, and improving transparency.  

The FOC calls on governments, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, and Internet stakeholders to take note of and to endorse this statement; and invites states that support an open and interoperable Internet to apply to join the FOC.

You can read the Joint Statement and accompanying Good Practices document here.