The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a partnership of 30 governments working to advance internet freedom created in 2011. Coalition members spanning from Africa to Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East work closely together to coordinate their diplomatic efforts and engage with civil society and the private sector to support internet freedom – freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy – worldwide. In 2014, the FOC established three working groups focusing on cybersecurity, on digital development and openness as well as on privacy and transparency online.
The primary purpose of FOC Working Group 1 “An Internet Free and Secure” is to raise the profile of human rights as an integral consideration in cybersecurity policy-making. The working group’s goal is to build upon and advance existing cybersecurity policy-making efforts while increasing the priority placed on human rights protections, as a central concern to improve both security and promote the rights of individual internet users.