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UNESCO Internet Universality Indicators: Request for Comments

February 2, 2018

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released first draft of the Internet Universality indicators, and opened a request for comments on the report before 15 March 2018. CSISAC member Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has partnered with the UNESCO to provide an online consultation platform. The platform is available in the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).

From the UNESCO request for comments:

This report is an interim outcome following the first phase of the consultation, which included 24 face-to-face consultation meetings with 1000 experts from 21 countries and attracted 165 online contributions from 70 countries. UNESCO thus kicks off the second
phase of the consultation and invites all stakeholders to provide further inputs on these proposed indicators' framework before 15 March 2018. The indicators will be finalized by the end of April2018, following the second phase of the consultation, so your reviews and comments on the draft are crucial!

We provide all interested stakeholders two ways to contribute to the project and review the first draft indicators document:

* You are invited to submit your answers to three general
questions on the online platform or by email to

* If you wish to make more specific comments on the draft
indicators document, we invite you to connect to the interactive
platform. This platform has been developed by our partner, the
Association for Progressive Communications (APC). It allows you
to comment each proposed indicator as well as interact with the
other participants of the consultation.

General enquiries can be issued to UNESCO focal points, Ms Xianhong Hu (x.hu@unesco.org) and Mr. Josselyn Guillarmou (j.guillarmou@unesco.org).

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