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In November 2018, UNESCO will present their findings on a long-running project called “Defining Internet Universality Indicators“.

According to their website, “The results contribute to reinforcing UNESCO’s priority program areas related to promote freedom of expression and media development in the digital age and universal access to information and knowledge.”

Through complex analyses of important issues such as access to Internet, net neutrality and implications for human rights, this project aims to examine how effectively states are drafting internet governance policies and how well these are being interpreted. According to UNESCO:

“The project aims to build a framework of indicators through which to assess levels of achievement, in individual countries, of the four fundamental ROAM principles included in the concept of ‘Internet Universality’ which means that the Internet should be based on human Rights (R), should be Open (O), Accessible to all (A) and that it should be nurtured by Multistakeholder participation (M). Use of the indicators in any country is voluntary, and the indicators are not designed to rank countries nor make country comparisons.”

To learn about the 303 indicators that have been developed, be sure to visit their website for more information.

This project will be presented at the Open Forum on “Measuring a free, open, rights based and inclusive Internet” taking place in Paris, France, Tuesday, 13 November 2018.