The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Internet Infrastructure Foundation(IIF) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida),will host the third Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF14) on Internet Freedom for Global Development, in Stockholm, Sweden on May 27and 28 2014.
The SIF was established to strengthen the dialogue between governments, industry, civil society, activists and academia worldwide, with the aim of recognizing the mutual benefit of an open and robust multi-stakeholder internet.
This year’s SIF aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide. The Forum is essential in order to continue a constructive and important discussion on human rights online – among them freedom of expression, access to information and respect for private life – as key parts of internet freedom.
This year’s conference will focus on norms for state behaviour with regard to issues such as privacy, rule of law, surveillance and control. Another key issue is ensuring that information and communication technologies continue to stimulate innovation and economic growth, democratic participation, business and trade, poverty reduction and freedom of expression, and how guaranteeing the enjoyment of human rights in the digital realm while maintaining a secure and robust online environment.