Few question today the unique and transformative role of the Internet. It has helped to spread the world's knowledge and wealth to an unprecedented number of people. The Internet has also played a key role in helping them claim their human rights, as we have witnessed during the Arab Spring. The Internet has empowered people and changed world affairs - but it has also raised anxieties over public safety, intellectual property and geopolitics - that have lead some governments to restrict access and expression, or impose unprecedented liabilities.
We are honoured to welcome the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Mr Frank La Rue, to Brussels for a lunch lecture to present his report for the UN Human Rights Council on the internet, followed by an open debate.
- How does the international human rights apply to the Internet, and how can the EU promote these rights – or will it?
- What are the threats to international human rights online?
- What are the future of the UN charter and the Human Rights Council in the digital era?
- What are the responsibilities or contributions of civil society, business and the international organisations?
You are cordially invited to this lunch lecture organised by ECIPE and the Office of MEP Christofer Fjellner. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
Please note that persons requiring access passes must arrive before 12:00 and must email name, ID number and place of residence to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 20, 2011
RSVP by September 21