UNESCO launch of the 2nd draft of Internet Universality Indicators as a comprehensive tool for enhancing a free, open, rights based and inclusive Internet. – Pre 04 2018

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4 June 2018 | 15:00-16:30
Consolidated programme 2018

Session teaser

Building on the vibrate consultation UNESCO conducted on defining UNESCO Internet Universality Indicators at EuroDig 2017, this session aims to present the final indicators and advocate it as a comprehensive tool to help European states and stakeholders to measure Internet policies to enhance free, open, right based and inclusive Internet at national levels. As developed by UNESCO, Internet Universality indicators will serve as a recognized and authoritative global research tool for assessing Internet development, broaden international consensus and evidence-based dialogue, and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development.


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Session description

UNESCO indicators is currently at the drafting stage and will be finalized by the end of April. The draft contains above 200 options for indicators, developed under five categories covering human Rights, Openness, Accessibility, Multi-stakeholder participation and crosscutting issues, including indicators concerned with gender and the needs of children and young people, sustainable development, trust and security, as well as legal and ethical aspects of the Internet. The draft framework includes a mix of quantitative and qualitative Indicators. Eurodig stakeholders are welcome to provide their inputs and comments via the online platform for Internet indicators consultation: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetuniversality


The session will be kicked out by a full presentation of the 2nd draft Internet Universality indicators by UNESCO representative Ms Xianhong Hu. An interactive discussion will be triggered afterwards with all participants on the implementation process of the final indicators and formulating partnerships and synergies for that purpose. EuroDig stakeholders will be invited to share their visions and exchange views on how Internet Universality indicators play an instrumental role for national actors to map the extent to which there is Internet Universality in a given country and contribute to evidence-based policy improvements by Member States.

Those interested participants are strongly suggested to read the draft indicators at the link.

Further reading

The full version of the 2nd draft of IU indicators is downloadable at the UNESCO site as pdf-file. For more information please check the link: https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-releases-second-draft-internet-universality-indicators


  • UNESCO presented the 2nd draft of Internet Universality indicators and engaged with Eurodig stakeholders on how to implement them at national level for assessing Internet development and formulating evidence-based policy improvements, in order to foster online democracy and human rights towards building inclusive knowledge societies and achieving 2030 sustainable development agenda.
  • EuroDIG stakeholders recognize that 281 draft Internet Universality indicators assessing human rights, openness, access and multi stakeholder participation as well as crosscutting issues serve a holistic approach to combine institutional, quantitative and quantitative so as to draw a comprehensive picture of national development and dynamics on Internet policies.
  • However given the complexity of conducting national assessment, EuroDIG stakeholders suggested UNESCO continue its effort to engage with regional and national stakeholders and provide training and capacity building workshops/webinars for national assessment conductors to grasp the methodology and secure the quality of the national assessment.
  • The 2nd draft Internet Universality indicators is available online at: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/unesco_internet_universality_indicators_second_version.pdf