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Wednesday, December 20 • 11:50 - 13:20
Multi-stakeholder consultation on defining Internet Universality indicators (WS53)

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Proposer's Name: Ms. Xianhong Hu
Proposer's Organization: UNESCO
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Hara Padhy
Co-Proposer's Organization: UNESCO
Ms Constance Bommelaer, Technical Community; ISOC
Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, Civil Society, Association for Progressive Communication

Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min

Country: France
Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Content of the Session:

UNESCO takes the occasion to present its first draft of “Internet Universality Indicatorsand engage with global stakeholders for their inputs and contributions. This is a kick-off of UNESCO’s phase 2 global consultation to develop a set of Internet Universality Indicators. The project is an immediate response following UNESCO’s adoption of the ‘CONNECTing the Dots’ Outcome document in 2015, where UNESCO put the concept of ‘Internet Universality’ at the heart of its work to promote an Internet that works for all. Internet Universality points to four fundamental norms – known for short as the ROAM principles – which are the guiding framework that promotes an Internet based on human rights, and the principles of openness, accessibility, and multi-stakeholder participation.


The project aims to elaborate five categories of appropriate Internet Indicators, which can serve to enrich the stakeholders’ capacity for assessing Internet development, broaden international consensus, and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development. These Indicators will help governments and other stakeholders to assess their own national Internet environments and to promote the values associated with Internet Universality. There will be a mix of quantitative and qualitative Indicators. The work on the project to define Internet Universality Indicators is being led for UNESCO by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).


The session will be an interactive roundtable discussion. It will start with a brief presentation of the draft Indicators to be followed by comments by participants in each category of indicators of ROAMX as above.


An online platform for Phase 2 of the consultation is for online comments (closes 15 March 2018), and participants are encouraged to engage with this:



In-Person Moderator and Opening Remarks (5’): Mr. Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development.  




10’ Presentation on the first draft of Internet Universality Indicators: Mr. David Souter, APC Consortium




3’  Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen, APC (Rights and Gender)

3’ Ms Anja Kovacs, the Internet Democracy project (Rights)

3’ Prof Xue Hong, China Normal University  (Openness) 

3’ Mr. Stephen Wyber, Manager of Policy and Advocacy IFLA (Access)              

3’ Ms Dorothy Gordan, UNESCO IFAP Chair on information literacy (Access)

3’ Ms. Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF (Youth and Children)

3’ Mr. Raul Echeberria, ISOC (Multi-stakeholder)

3’ Mr. Ridha Guellouz, President of Tunisian Association of ICTs-ATTIC (Multi-stakeholder)


3’ Mr. Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO Director Knowledge Societies Division       


48’ Discussion


Rapporteur : Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


Remote moderator: Mr Guilherme Canela, UNESCO


Notes and photos: Mr. Zhaocan Li, UNESCO


Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes

Link to Report: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2016-day-2-room-6-ws159-encryption-and-safety-of-journalists-in-digital-age

Additional Reference Document Link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetstudy/


Session Organizers
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Xianhong Hu

Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Dr. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO’s Programme Specialist at the Sector of Communication and Information since 2006. Her expertise and responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression, privacy, journalism, media development, Internet governance and AI policies. She has followed the... Read More →

Wednesday December 20, 2017 11:50 - 13:20 CET
Room XI - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)