In a context of structural technological change, the International Initiative on Information and Democracy aims at bringing democratic guarantees to the global communication and information space.
This initiative is a structural response to the global information chaos that is threatening democracy, universal freedoms and the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Initiative has led to two main outcomes:
- The endorsement of the International Partnership on Information and Democracy by 43 countries which defines the principles of the global communication and information space and calls structuring platforms to implement them.
- The creation of the Forum on Information and Democracy by 11 organisations from civil society to expand these principles and issue concrete recommendations for regulation and self-regulation.
Partnership on Information & Democracy
The International Partnership on Information and Democracy is an intergovernmental non-binding agreement endorsed by 43 countries around the world to promote and implement democratic principles in the global information and communication space. It was formally signed during the 74th UN General Assembly in September 2019.
This Partnership was based on the International Declaration on Information & Democracy, published by an international Commission composed of Nobel laureates, journalists, activists and scholars.
Forum on Information & Democracy
The Forum on Information and Democracy is a non-profit entity led by civil society organisations and mandated to implement democratic principles from the International Partnership on Information and Democracy.
It is independent, represents different fields of expertise and continents and gathers various categories of stakeholders from governments, civil society, private sector and the media.
It defines and facilitates international multi-disciplinary working groups composed of experts and scholars. Its final objective is to issue recommendations and follow up on their implementation by the different stakeholders.
The working groups of the Forum gather experts from different field and regions to draft concrete recommendations for the regulation and self regulation of the global information and communication space.
Through this process, the Forum aims at filling the gap between research and policy that often prevents adapted and timely responses to the information disorder.
The Forum defines the scope, objectives, resources and deliverables of the different working groups.
The Forum on Information and Democracy warmly welcomes the awarding of the prize to Dimitri Muratov and Maria Ressa. The latter is a member of the Commission on Information and Democracy and co-chaired the Forum's first working group. “We are extremely pleased to see...
At the Summit for Information and Democracy held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Forum on Information and Democracy announced the up-coming creation of an International Observatory on Information and Democracy. The prefiguration group will be...
The Forum on Information and Democracy launches a civil society coalition with 42 non-governmental organizations from 24 countries
The Forum on Information and Democracy announces the creation of a civil society coalition composed, to date, of 42 non-governmental organizations from 24 countries. These are associations and research centres known for their expertise and whose objectives are close...