Global community convenes in Prague to take concrete actions for an open, free and secure Internet

A high-level multi-stakeholder event on the Future of the Internet, organised by the Commission in cooperation with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, will take place on Wednesday 2 November in Prague, Czechia. It will focus on concrete actions to deliver on the principles enshrined in the Declaration on the Future of the Internet, which gathered signatories from over 60 partners in April 2022, committing to an internet that is open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure, and limiting the impact of disinformation. It will also showcase issues related to disinformation surrounding the war in Ukraine. Vice-President Věra Jourová, who will speak at the event, said: “This week, European and international partners will gather in Prague together with civil society, academia and industry to discuss ways to deliver the Internet that we want: a digital space that respects fundamental freedoms and universal human rights, promotes digital literacy and limits disinformation. As the future of the Internet is also the future of our democracies, media and economies, it is our duty to ensure that it’s is a safe and trusted space for everyone.” The event will be livestreamed here, and information about the programme and participants is available here. During the event – at 12:30 CET – there will be a press point with Vice-President Věra Jourová, Deputy Prime Minister of Czechia for Digitalisation and Minister of Regional Development Ivan Bartoš, and Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Marietta Grammenou – Tel.: +32 229 83583)