GPD inputs into second phase of UNESCO consultation on Internet Universality Indicators

14 Mar 2018

GPD has inputted into the second phase of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) consultation on the development of indicators to measure progress on Internet Universality.

The indicators will assess compliance with four fundamental principles – Rights, Openness, Access, and Multistakeholder participation, known colloquially as the R-O-A-M framework – as well as cross-cutting issues such as the impact of the internet on development, gender, and children and young people. Once finalised, the indicators are intended to be used by a variety of stakeholders in the development of internet-related policies.

GPD contributed to the first phase of the consultation in October 2017 (read our input here). In the current second phase, which closes on 15 March 2018, UNESCO posed three questions in reference to the first draft indicators document (available here).

These were:

  1. Are there any additional themes, questions or indicators which you believe should be included in the framework?
  2. Are there any suggestions that you wish to make in respect of the proposed themes, questions and indicators which are included in the framework as it stands?
  3. What sources and means of verification would you recommend, from your experience, in relation to any of the questions and indicators that have been proposed?

Read GPD’s full response to these questions here. If you have any questions, contact