UNESCO Global Conference
21-23 February 2023, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris
The internet and social media have empowered societies with enormous opportunities for people to communicate, engage and learn. However, digital platforms have also been used as vectors for disinformation, hate speech, conspiracy theories and other content potentially harmful to democracy and human rights. Current regulatory systems have yet to catch up with these challenges.
Taking forward the Windhoek+30 Declaration on Information as a Public Good, UNESCO will host a global conference gathering ministers, regulators, judicial actors, the private sector, the UN family, civil society, academia, intergovernmental organizations and the technical community from around the world to shape digital platform regulation. The leadup to the conference and the event itself will offer a forum for multistakeholder consultations of a model regulatory framework for platforms to secure information as a public good, while protecting freedom of expression and other human rights.