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[ecrea] UNESCO Call for proposals: Defining Internet Universality Indicators

Fri Jan 20 17:23:11 GMT 2017

I am pleased to share this *UNESCO Call for proposals on Defining Internet Universality Indicators, for your interest and information. * <>Following UNESCO’s adoption of the CONNECTing the Dots Outcome document in 2015 as its new approach to Internet issues as well as the successful development and application of the IPDC Media Development Indicators, *UNESCO is pleased to launch a new project: “Defining Internet Universality Indicators”.* This project aims to elaborate appropriate Internet indicators which can enrich stakeholders’ capacity to assess Internet development, broaden international consensus and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development. This study will be founded on the UNESCO concept of Internet Universality as the guiding frameworkwhich promotes an Internet based on human Rights, and the principles of Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation (abbreviated as the R.O.A.M principles).

For this new project, *UNESCO launches a call for proposals to carry out the key deliverable and related tasks* within a one-year time frame from April 2017 to April 2018. UNESCO, therefore, invites interested researchers, institutions, research consortiums, entities and organizations to submit their proposals, according to the *_General Terms of Reference <>_* by email (tointernetstudy /at/ <mailto:(internetstudy /at/>. The deadline for submitting is *28 February 2017, before**noon (CET).* For further enquiries, you may contact Ms Xianhong Hu <mailto:( /at/>and Mr Josselyn Guillarmou <mailto:(j.guillarmou /at/>.**


The final deliverable will take the form of a policy paper in English with maximum 100 standard pages (minimum of 320 words each) excluding annexes and bibliography, as well as a project online platform/website on Internet Universality indicators under UNESCO domain name and server. The draft deliverable will be presented on the project’s website for further consultation, and the final version will likely be released as a UNESCO publication. If the budget allows it, the publication will be translated into 4-6 UN official languages, which will inform UNESCO’s 195 Member States and other international policy-makers on internet-related policy making.

It is important to note that UNESCO has commissioned preliminary research on the Internet indicators which should be considered as a basis to develop this final deliverable. This initial background paper will be provided to interested submitters upon request via the same email address:internetstudy(at) <javascript:linkTo_UnCryptMailto('wksvdy4sxdobxodcdeniJexocmy8ybq');>


For all information related to this new project, please follow the link of CInews release:

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*Rachel Pollack Ichou*

*Associate Programme Specialist*

Section for Freedom of Expression

Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Communication and Information Sector

United Nations

Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization


7, Place de Fontenoy

F-75352 Paris 07 SP France

Email: (r.pollack /at/ <mailto:(r.pollack /at/> <>

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