The conference “The Internet and Human Rights: Building a free, open and secure Internet” is organised by Aarhus University, Human Rights Watch, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany.

The symposium intends to offer a space for multi-stakeholder dialogue on the Internet and Human Rights. The conference will bring together about 100 participants from civil society, governments, private sector, academia and technology experts.

After the focus on “Challenges in Cybersecurity” in 2011, the second Berlin cyber conference will focus on the Internet and Human Rights and specifically the three following aspects:

  1. Bring together existing initiatives on the Internet and Human Rights.
  2. Pointing out where internet policy touches upon Human Rights issues and discussing procedures by which ‘Internet Human Rights criteria’ can be integrated into international negotiations and corporate decision-making.
  3. Develop policy recommendations for each stakeholder group to promote and implement Human Rights in the digital age.

The conference will build upon the results of other conferences in Europe on Internet and Human Rights earlier this year.

Please note that the conference is invitation only. If you have not received an invitation or lost it or in case of any questions regarding the conference, please contact us by email:

The conference is kindly supported by Google, Microsoft and the Association of the German Internet Industry (eco).