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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 828

Sweden to host international conference on internet freedom

Stockholm, 01 December, (Asiantribune.com):

On 22-23 May 2013, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, together with Sida and the Internet Infrastructure Foundation (.SE), is organizing the second Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development (SIF13).

The first Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF12) was held in April this year.

During two days, a broad spectrum of international participants, including representatives of governments, stakeholder organizations and the business sector as well as researchers and internet activists, will gather in Sweden to discuss freedom and security on the internet and the importance of an open and free internet for global development.

Freedom and security on the internet is one of the top priority areas in Swedish foreign policy.

This is reflected in Sweden's efforts in several forums, such as the EU, the UN Human Rights Council, the Council of Europe and the OECD. The development dimension in particular, with an emphasis on increased accessibility to the internet, is central to Sweden's efforts. The importance of the internet for development was also a main theme of the resolution on internet freedom that was adopted following a Swedish initiative by the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year.

"The increasingly rapid technological development creates entirely new conditions for development, growth and prosperity in the world. The world is becoming hyperconnected. To make the most of the opportunities this development opens up, we need to safeguard both freedom and individual security on the internet and ensure that internet development is steered via broad participation from various actors," says Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.

"We have just seen the beginning of all the possibilities that information and communication technologies can offer people, enabling them to create better living conditions and actively participate in setting the democracy and human rights agenda," says Sida Director-General Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.

"The fundamental reason why .SE is involved in internet freedom is our view of the opportunities an open and free internet provides to both individuals and society. It particularly stimulates innovation and economic growth and supports democracy and freedom of expression," says Danny Aerts, CEO of .SE.

Nominate participants to SIF13

Do you know someone who you think should participate in the Stockholm Internet Forum? Up to and including 31 December 2012, you can nominate potential participants on the SIF13.se website (see direct link on this page).

- Asian Tribune -

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