Second Freedom Online conference in Kenya
‘An open, uncensored internet is essential not only for the promotion of human rights, but also for innovation and economic growth.’ This was the message of Human Rights Ambassador Lionel Veer at the second Freedom Online conference, held in Nairobi. The conference, which was opened by Mr Veer and the Kenyan Minister for Information and Communication, Samuel Pogisho, follows the Hague Conference on Internet Freedom hosted by Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal in December 2011.
At the conference in Kenya more than 400 bloggers, experts, members of the business community and academics will be discussing how to combat censorship and how internet freedom can contribute to economic development.
The Netherlands and the countries which signed up to the Freedom Online coalition last December will be discussing how they can work together more effectively in this area within international organisations. They will also be looking for ways of doing more to promote internet freedom, for example through providing joint project support. In total, the Netherlands and a number of other countries have already pledged more than €2.5 million to the Digital Defenders Partnership, a fund which supports bloggers and cyber dissidents.