The rights and freedoms of individuals should be protected online. We are committed to working cooperatively with our international partners to make sure the Internet is kept open, safe and accessible.
Canada is a founding member of the Freedom Online Coalition. This is a group of governments committed to working together to:
- support Internet freedom
- protect freedom of expression
- protect freedom of association and assembly online worldwide
What we are doing for Internet freedom?
As a Freedom Online Coalition member, together with other members, Canada spearheaded the first Human Rights Council resolution on this issue.
- coordinate diplomatic efforts
- share information on violations of human rights online
- work together to voice concern over measures that curtail human rights online
Canada works with partners in a number of ways, including:
- issuing joint statements
- sharing policy approaches to complex issues
- exchanging views on strategy for participating in relevant forums
- providing a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement
We make continuous efforts to engage civil society and the private sector in a constructive dialogue on pressing issues related to Internet freedom.
The Coalition also encourages member states to engage with companies domestically to discuss human rights challenges faced by the information and communications technology sector at the national level.
- FOC Joint Statement on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights
- Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom
- Freedom Online Coalition
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