Dear Orbicom Members,


Until 30 November, UNESCO is asking for inputs and research around a global questionnaire on Internet-related issues in the four areas of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and ethical dimensions of the information society.

The findings, on topics which relate to UNESCO's mandate, will feed into a comprehensive Internet-related study mandated by UNESCO's 195 Member States through Resolution 52 of the Organization's 37th General Conference Resolution in November 2013. The framework for the study, proposed by UNESCO's Secretariat, is informed by its concept of "Internet Universality” which summarizes UNESCO's positions on the Internet and highlights  four R-O-A-M principles: that the Internet should be human Rights-based, Open, Accessible to all and nurtured by Multi-stakeholder participation. The news release with the updated  concept note, fact sheet and list of questions is available at the link

The questions and design of the study have been elaborated through a five-month multi-stakeholder consultation process with civil society, academia, the private sector, the technical community,  inter-governmental organizations and UNESCO's Member States. The  results of this Study should inform the organization's reporting on the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes to the 38th General Conference in 2015.

Contributions can be submitted through this open online questionnaire. Other comments and questions can be sent to More information is available on the UNESCO website.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Yves Théorêt
Orbicom, Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication