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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Improving the Net: Applying UNESCO’s internet universality R.O.A.M indicators for evidence-based policy-making

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Following a two-year process of a truly inclusive, open and multi-stakeholder consultation with over 2000 experts from all regions and stakeholders communities, UNESCO takes the occasion to present its latest outcome of Internet Universality R.O.A.M indicators, as well as preliminary results from using them. To take forward the resolution endorsing their voluntary use by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council of IPDC in November 2018, UNESCO now engages with all Rightscon stakeholders about applying these indicators in their own countries. UNESCO’s Internet Universality indicators aim to assess levels of achievement, in individual countries, of the four fundamental ROAM principles which advocate for an Internet that is based on human Rights (R), that is Open (O), Accessible to all (A) and nurtured by Multistakeholder participation (M). After a short presentation of the Internet Indicators and the launch of the forthcoming UNESCO publication “Steering AI and advanced ITC's for Knowledge Societies”, UNESCO will engage in a debate with speakers and the audience about the implementation of the indicators. Speakers will share their experiences of pre-testing, piloting, and preliminary operationalization of the indicators, as well as the positive impacts of the project to improve national Internet policies, empower individuals and contribute to sustainable development.

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Founding Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rebecca MacKinnon is a leading advocate for digital freedom of expression and privacy around the world. Author of the award-winning book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012), she is founding Director of the Ranking Digital Rights... Read More →
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Dima Samaro

MENA Policy Analyst, Acccess Now
Policy Analyst - Middle East & North Africa, Access Now

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
Carthage 3 (Laico)