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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 24179)  

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Title Conference on the Digitalisation and Internet 
Status Completed 
Date 08/09/2008 - 09/09/2008 
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
  Joint Programme Activity - Media-Serb II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Media-Serb II - Support to promote freedom of expression and information and freedom of media in accordance with CoE/EU standards    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2006/DGHL/JP/1648   Media-Serb 2 - To support the establishment of a regulatory framework for freedom of expression and for the media
Expected Result 1.2 - R.2 Public authorities are informed and trained on European standards on freedom of expression and information.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.3 – Human Rights in public policy
Programme ☆ I.3.5  Media, information society and data protection
Project 2008/DGHL/1416 Legislative assistance, training, awareness raising
Expected Result 2 Authorities are informed of and trained in the implementation of CoE standards on freedom of expression and information, as well as on issues related to the regulation of the media and communication services, in particular during elections.

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Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact DERVISAGIC, Lejla   email
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1 http://www.coe.int/T/E/human_rights/media/Agenda_15441.asp  
Last Modified 10/12/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 24179) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Conference on Regulation of Freedom of Expression on the Internet was held in Belgrade, on 8-9 September 2008.
The aim of this international conference was to present policy developments in the area of digitalisation at the European level, to start the discussion on democratic and social aspects of the digitalisation process and its impact on freedom of expression and privacy rights. Special attention was devoted to discussion on harmonisation of the relevant media legal framework with Council of Europe and EU standards in that field.
Output/Results All topics were discussed through four panels: freedom of expression, harmonization of Serbian laws with the EU and CoE standards, Protection of Personal Rights on the Internet and Experiences in Regulation/Self-regulation of the Internet.
Presenters were eminent international and national expert. Conference was held at the premises of the Faculty of Political Sciences with participation of representatives of state institutions, international and national organizations (total of 40 participants). It was first conference in Serbia devoted to the issue of regulation of freedom of expression and other personal rights on the Internet. This conference will for sure initiate follow up meetings and round tables whit aim to enable harmonization of Serbian legal framework with CoE and EU standards. Publication with presentations and conference conclusions will be prepared and printed until the end of 2008. Conference was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunications, Oxford University, USAID, IREX, British Embassy and Faculty of Political Sciences.
Conclusions/Follow Up  
Participants representative of Serbian authorities, journalists, media professionals 
Consultants/Experts David Goldberg, PCMLP, University of Oxford, UK
Ad Van Loon, X-Media Strategies, Council of Europe Expert
Dunja Mijatović, European Platform for Regulatory Authorities
Dirk Voorhoof, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium
Andrei Richter, Moscow Media Law and Policy Institute 
CoE Secretariat Mr Vladan Joksimovic, HR Adviser, CoE Belgrade Office – moderator 
Total No. Participants 48 
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