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Organiser - Invited Session 6



UNESCO's Internet Universality indicators aim to assess levels of achievement, in individual countries, of the four fundamental ROAM principles included in the concept of ‘Internet Universality’ which advocates for an Internet that is based on human Rights (R), that is Open (O), Accessible to all (A) and nurtured by Multistakeholder participation (M). The Internet Universality Indicators contain 303 indicators (including 109 core ones) developed under 6 categories, 25 themes, and 124 questions. On top of the ROAM categories, 79 cross-cutting Indicators (category X) have been developed concerning gender and the needs of children and young people, sustainable development, trust and security, and legal and ethical aspects of the Internet. In addition, the framework includes 21 contextual indicators concerned with the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of a country. In November 2018, the 31st session of UNESCO’ Intergovernmental Council of the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) endorsed the voluntary use of the Internet Universality Indicators as a useful resource available for Member States. In February 2019, the 30th meeting of the Bureau of Information for All Program (IFAP), took note of Internet Universality indicators in its document (IFAP-2019/BUREAU.XXX/3).