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Internet governance: call for a ‘shared vision of a digital society’ based on human rights

 The Assembly has called for “a shared vision of a digital society” based on democracy, the rule of law and human rights, advocating internet governance that is multi-stakeholder, decentralised, transparent, responsible, collaborative and participatory.

In a resolution based on a report by Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), PACE said the internet was now “so important that the future of our societies depended on it”.

The parliamentarians urged European governments to invest in policies which maintain universal access, guarantee net neutrality, protect privacy and data and safeguard security, while combating computer crime.

States should fully implement existing Council of Europe texts and recommendations, including the Cybercrime Convention and the numerous well-thought-out recommendations by the Committee of Ministers, and work with the new UN High-level Panel to improve decision-making about the internet.