The first ever international conference on “The Internet User’s Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Day” in the Republic of Moldova was organised under the Joint Project of the Council of Europe and the European Union “Strengthening the respect for human rights in the implementation of the Republic of Moldova’s Digital Agenda” on 28 April 2016.
The conference highlighted a series of key actions and activities that seek to protect the freedom, privacy and security of Internet users and to empower and engage them as stakeholders in Internet governance dialogue.
The event aimed to promote the idea of an Internet multi-stakeholder platform in the Republic of Moldova to underline both the Council of Europe and Moldova’s vision of a people-centered approach to the Internet policies.
The discussions focused on further harmonisation of the Internet legal framework of the Republic of Moldova with the Council of Europe standards with regard to remedies for human rights violations and other interferences with freedom of expression and right to private life.
The Conference organised in the framework of Moldova ICT Summit 2016 (http://www.moldovaictsummit.md/) by the Council of Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Moldova and Moldovan Association of ICT Companies gathered approx. 100 participants, representing International Organisations, Council of Europe and EU experts, parliament and government representatives, civil society, private sector and academia, which came together to discuss the impact of the Internet on human rights, rule of law and democracy in Europe as well as in the Republic of Moldova.
The participants acknowledged the emerging risks and benefits for Internet users in the Republic of Moldova, and the stressed the need for strengthening capacities of national authorities on Internet human rights standards, awareness rising among the private sector, civil society and general public on those standards.