Monday, April 6, 2015
On April 16 and 17, the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 is being held in The Hague. Representatives from governments of more than 100 countries are coming together to discuss cyberspace, our Internet. It is impossible to imagine our lives without the Internet. Free Press Unlimited wants more people to contribute to the discussion and is presenting the video series: Our Space.

Big deal, you might think, that politicians and policy makers from 100 countries worldwide are holding meetings about the internet for two days. Yes, it is important, because what is decided during the conference has a direct effect on how you use your Internet in future. So wake up! What is at stake? Free Press Unlimited interviewed 9 people with an outspoken opinion about how to keep the Internet open, free and safe. Check out the videos* on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/freepressunlimited/videos .

Free Press Unlimited believes that everyone has the right to look for information without interference from others. An open and uncensored Internet is a precondition for our freedom, democracy and free press. If governments decide how accessible information is for us, then you know what can happen. In most countries it is already happening: the Internet is deployed to seek out and combat opposition, secret services read every mail you send, companies snoop around in your private information and everyone can see where you are and what you are doing.

Leon Willems of Free Press Unlimited: “It is important that we make ourselves heard. Often, journalists and human rights activists are the victims of cybercrime and online surveillance practices, so that their sources can be traced, to bring their credibility into question and to silence them.”

Join in and let those who will be discussing your Internet know your vision. What do you think is important? Tweet via @gccs2015 #ourspace

The Internet belongs to all of us. Cyberspace is #ourspace

 

*The Our Space video series was produced by a team of independent journalists under the onus of Free Press Unlimited. The videos were created with a contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The content of the videos does not necessarily reflect the vision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.