The FINANCIAL — A National Internet Governance Forum is taking place in the Georgian capital Tbilisi today, 5 September, organised by the EU and the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and other local stakeholders.
The forum is an opportunity for state and non-state actors in the telecommunications market to discuss the improvement of Internet accessibility in the South Caucaus, personal data protection, internet copyright, online protection of the children, new media and e-governance, according to EU Neighbourhood Info.
The event aims to stimulate multi-stakeholder dialogue between telecommunications market players, and to highlight latest developments and human rights standards in the internet governance field. The leading experts of the Council of Europe, representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgian National Communications Commission, Internet Society, ICANN, European IP Networks, Small and Medium Telecom Operators Association of Georgia as well as representatives of academia are all contributing to the Forum’s sessions.
The event is organised within the framework of the joint CoE/EU Project ‘Protecting Internet Freedom through Legislation and Arrangements for Multi-stakeholder Dialogue’. The project aims to increase the compliance of national legal frameworks and policies with CoE standards on freedom of expression, and to raise awareness of relevant state authorities about CoE internet governance and human rights standards and related European Court of Human Rights case-law.