[bestbits] UNESCO Call for proposals: Defining Internet Universality Indicators

Pollack, Rachel r.pollack at unesco.org
Fri Jan 20 08:28:14 EST 2017

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am pleased to share this UNESCO Call for proposals on Defining Internet Universality Indicators, for your interest and information.

[http://www.unesco.org/new/typo3temp/pics/7ee9650afd.jpg]<http://www.unesco.org/new/index.php?eID=tx_cms_showpic&file=fileadmin%2FMULTIMEDIA%2FHQ%2FCI%2FCI%2Fimages%2Fnews%2Fnews_190117_internet_universality.jpg&md5=7a8a81611a0344e967a592f1e736ef911fda94e0&parameters%5b0%5d=YTo0OntzOjU6IndpZHRoIjtzOjQ6IjUwMG0iO3M6NjoiaGVpZ2h0IjtzOjM6IjUw&parameters%5b1%5d=MCI7czo3OiJib2R5VGFnIjtzOjI0OiI8Ym9keSBiZ0NvbG9yPSIjZmZmZmZmIj4i&parameters%5b2%5d=O3M6NDoid3JhcCI7czozNzoiPGEgaHJlZj0iamF2YXNjcmlwdDpjbG9zZSgpOyI%2B&parameters%5b3%5d=IHwgPC9hPiI7fQ%3D%3D>Following UNESCO's adoption of the CONNECTing the Dots Outcome document in 2015 as its new approach to Internet issues as well as the successful development and application of the IPDC Media Development Indicators, UNESCO is pleased to launch a new project: "Defining Internet Universality Indicators". This project aims to elaborate appropriate Internet indicators which can enrich stakeholders' capacity to assess Internet development, broaden international consensus and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development. This study will be founded on the UNESCO concept of Internet Universality as the guiding framework which promotes an Internet based on human Rights, and the principles of Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation (abbreviated as the R.O.A.M principles).

For this new project, UNESCO launches a call for proposals to carry out the key deliverable and related tasks within a one-year time frame from April 2017 to April 2018. UNESCO, therefore, invites interested researchers, institutions, research consortiums, entities and organizations to submit their proposals, according to the General Terms of Reference<http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/news/internet_universality_indicators_tors.pdf> by email to internetstudy at unesco.org<mailto:internetstudy at unesco.org>. The deadline for submitting is 28 February 2017, before noon (CET). For further enquiries, you may contact Ms Xianhong Hu <mailto:x.hu at unesco.org> and Mr Josselyn Guillarmou<mailto:j.guillarmou at unesco.org>.

The final deliverable will take the form of a policy paper in English with maximum 100 standard pages (minimum of 320 words each) excluding annexes and bibliography, as well as a project online platform/website on Internet Universality indicators under UNESCO domain name and server. The draft deliverable will be presented on the project's website for further consultation, and the final version will likely be released as a UNESCO publication. If the budget allows it, the publication will be translated into 4-6 UN official languages, which will inform UNESCO's 195 Member States and other international policy-makers on internet-related policy making.

It is important to note that UNESCO has commissioned preliminary research on the Internet indicators which should be considered as a basis to develop this final deliverable. This initial background paper will be provided to interested submitters upon request via the same email address: internetstudy(at)unesco.org<javascript:linkTo_UnCryptMailto('wksvdy4sxdobxodcdeniJexocmy8ybq');>

For all information related to this new project, please follow the link of CI news release: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/unesco_call_for_proposals_defining_internet_universality_in/

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Rachel Pollack Ichou
Associate Programme Specialist
Section for Freedom of Expression
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Communication and Information Sector

United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization

7, Place de Fontenoy
F-75352 Paris 07 SP France

Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 12 94
Email: r.pollack at unesco.org<mailto:r.pollack at unesco.org>

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