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Council of Europe calls for Internet continuity preparedness

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted two recommendations and two declarations that call on EU states to uphold free speech online, including when it is threatened by disruptions or interferences to the Internet. In a Recommendation on the protection and promotion of the universality, integrity and openness of the Internet the Committee laid out a framework of co-operation for member states with a view to preserve a global, stable and open Internet as a means of safeguarding freedom of expression and access to information.

The Committee of Ministers urged states to develop policies, in conjunction with other stakeholders, to prevent and respond to harm to the Internet. While not getting involved in day-to-day operational issues, states should develop emergency plans, share information and assist each other in preventing and managing major cross border incidents affecting the Internet.

The Council of Europe will present these documents for discussion with other Internet stakeholders at this week’s Internet Governance Forum (Nairobi, 27-30 September).

•Date: 28th September 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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