The Freedom Online Coalition

The Freedom Online Coalition is a group of 30 governments deeply committed to the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We believe that the human rights that people have offline must also be protected online. We commit to working together, and with all others who share these views, to support Internet freedom and protect human rights online worldwide. The FOC aims to be a proactive coalition that ensures Internet freedom issues are on the international policy agenda as a way to drive concrete policy changes and outcomes.

HOW IT WORKS

The Coalition members coordinate their diplomatic efforts, share information on violations of human rights online and work together to voice concern over measures that curtail human rights online.  The Coalition also collaborates by issuing joint statements, by sharing policy approaches to complex issues, exchanging views on strategy, and planning participation in relevant forums.

Additionally, the Coalition provides a platform for multistakeholder engagement, which is also recognized in its founding declaration. The Coalition has made continuous efforts to engage civil society and the private sector in a constructive dialogue on pressing issues related to Internet freedom and digital right and has grown into a unique avenue for direct engagement with high-level government representatives. The Coalition encourages member states to engage with companies domestically to discuss human rights challenges faced by the ICT sector at the national level.

Once a year, the FOC holds a multi-stakeholder conference that aims to review developments and deepen the discussion on how freedom of expression on the Internet can help to promote democracy, human rights, and social, cultural and economic development. After the launch conference in The Hague 2011, annual Internet Freedom Conferences followed in Nairobi 2012, Tunis 2013, Tallinn 2014, Ulaanbaatar 2015 and San Jose 2016.

Priorities

Members agreed in the San Jose Statement and Work Plan to prioritize three primary activity areas:

  • Strengthening coordination and cooperation among Members, as well as with outside stakeholders who share the Coalition’s objectives, with added focus on fostering cross-regional diplomacy through employing local networks;
  • Shaping global norms on human rights online through joint statements;
  • Holding periodic convenings with Members and other stakeholders.

As outlined in the Freedom Online Coalition 2018 Plan of Action, in 2018 the Coalition will focus its diplomatic work and activities on the following objectives:

  • To promote global norms that seek to prevent and limit state-sponsored restrictions to human rights online
  • To support civil society voices online
  • To promote and protect human rights online in the context of cybersecurity

Current Members

Today, 30 governments are part of the Freedom Online Coalition

Flag of the Argentina    Argentina
Flag of the Australia    Australia
Flag of the Austria    Austria
Flag of the Canada    Canada
Flag of the Costa Rica    Costa Rica
Flag of the The Czech Republic    The Czech Republic
Flag of the Estonia    Estonia
Flag of the Finland    Finland
Flag of the France    France
Flag of the Georgia    Georgia

Flag of the Germany    Germany
Flag of the Ghana    Ghana
Flag of the Ireland    Ireland
Flag of the Japan    Japan
Flag of the Kenya    Kenya
Flag of the Latvia    Latvia
Flag of the Lithuania    Lithuania
Flag of the The Maldives    The Maldives
Flag of the Mexico    Mexico
Flag of the Moldova    Moldova

Flag of the Mongolia    Mongolia
Flag of the The Netherlands    The Netherlands
Flag of the New Zealand    New Zealand
Flag of the Norway    Norway
Flag of the Poland    Poland
Flag of the Spain    Spain
Flag of the Sweden    Sweden
Flag of the Tunisia    Tunisia
Flag of the United Kingdom    United Kingdom
Flag of the United States of America    United States of America

Future Members

The Coalition is constantly expanding and is open to additional countries who have demonstrated a strong commitment to human rights and Internet Freedom around the globe.

For information on how to become a member country please refer to the Freedom Online Coalition Website.