Balancing internet freedom and protecting citizens from harmful online activities and content can be complicated. In Georgia, this debate is playing out as authorities seek to update regulations to protect internet consumers and providers within the country. Originally adopted in 2006, Georgia’s “Regulation on Provision of Services and Protection of Consumer Rights in the Sphere of Electronic Communications,” requires modification. The grounds for deeming content as unallowable are vague and leave room for interpretation. As a subgrantee of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), the Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), recently prepared seven legislative initiatives to help strike the balance between freedom and protection by better defining what can be considered inadmissible content. (more…)
The World Health Organization (WHO) released the latest draft of its International Compendium of Diseases, adding “gaming disorder” and “hazardous gaming” to the updated version. (more…)
The 12th meeting of Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held on December 18 – 21, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (more…)
IFEX, a global network of independent non-governmental organizations working to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, published “The Faces of Free Expression” – 102 profiles of human rights defenders from around the world, drawing attention to their struggles. 16 of them are from the region of Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia.
Republic of Macedonia is undergoing a massive process of reforms which includes re-examining of the legal framework for freedom of expression, with a goal to make it more democratic, and speed up the process of accession to European Union. (more…)
The media reforms must be implemented professionally, through debate and by including all stakeholders as well as open partner approach on the part of the institutions of the system. This was the conclusion drawn from the e-Society.mk conference that addressed the topic “Freedom and privacy”, which took place in Skopje, Macedonia on 22 November 2017. (more…)
Armenia’s internet freedom score dropped by two points. This shift was enough for Armenia, according to Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2017 report, to move from the list of countries with free internet to the list of countries with partly free internet. (more…)