Fifth Freedom Online Coalition addresses issues beyond technology and human relations

Freedom Online Coalition stakeholders discussed threats and challenges faced by countries in facilitating an Internet open and accessible through the legal and policy regulations of the telecommunications sector overseen by governments, during a two day conference in Ulaanbaatar.
“The Freedom Online Coalition has expressed a continuous commitment to promoting and protecting Internet freedom in this region. We emphasized the importance of rule of law principles and good practices promoting Internet freedom, and also encouraged countries to develop and implement innovative cyber policy based on public participation, and through transparent and democratic processes,” stressed Speaker of Parliament Z.Enkhbold, closing the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Freedom Online Coalition.
“We also discussed the importance of Internet freedom in Mongolia and within this region, as well as the benefits of a cyber environment to support Internet freedom and protect fundamental human rights such as free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online worldwide. In this regard, views and input from civil society and the private sector were considerably valuable.
“Millions of people everyday are connected online, and the Internet is providing unprecedented opportunities for economic growth and development. There are emerging needs to protect fundamental human rights, but also to facilitate cross-border data-sharing freely. Enactment of restrictive laws and regulations, such as eavesdropping and spying, and restraining fundamental human rights and freedom will lead to denying the enormous opportunities and benefits of the Internet,” added the Speaker.
The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Freedom Online Coalition kicked off on May 4 at the State Palace, where leaders in information technology touched upon important matters under the topics, “Internet Policy: Best practices in promoting online freedom”, and “Liberal and Reliable Internet Communication”, “Electronic Technology Development and Transparency”, “Individual Privacy in Online Environments and Transparency”.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Agency of Information Technology, Postage and Communications, the National Information Technology Park, Silk Road Foundation, and Online Express Union jointly hosted the event.
The conference ran for two days, and was attended by 300 national and foreign delegates representing the world’s leading communication companies such as Google, Mozilla, Twitter. It was also attended by research institutes and civil society representatives, including UNESCO, UNICEF, Asia Foundation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Digital Partners Global, and other public and private entities.
Representatives from governments, civil society, academia, and the private sector were active in the conference and expressed their commitment to strengthening continuous cooperation to respect fundamental rights and freedoms online; to making the Internet a free and secure public platform; protecting fundamental human rights such as free expression, association, assembly and online privacy worldwide; as well as to run online businesses and engage in social life, regardless of time and space constraints.
During Mongolia’s chairmanship of the Freedom Online Coalition, the Internet Freedom Support Caucus was set up in Parliament. The caucus has been developing draft laws on safeguarding data and information security, in addition to preparing to present the Press Freedom Law for parliamentary deliberation. It is believed that enactment of these laws will effectively address challenging issues, such as ensuring human rights in a cyber environment, protecting national security, improving information access and security, and safeguarding individual privacy and human dignity.
According to a Silk Road Foundation study, 1,962,149 people use the Internet in Mongolia. Results of the survey on the legal environment for Internet freedom in Mongolia were presented on the first day of the conference. According to the study’s survey, 90.2 percent of all Internet users live in Ulaanbaatar.
The Freedom Online Coalition is a group of governments who have committed to work together to support Internet freedom and protect fundamental human rights – free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online – worldwide. The coalition provides a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement, which is also recognized in its founding declaration, and the annual meeting is an opportunity to engage civil society and the private sector in a constructive dialogue on issues related to Internet freedom.

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