PEN International promoting its Declaration on Digital Freedom at the eighth annual Internet Governance Forum

PEN International is promoting PEN’s Declaration on Digital Freedom at the eighth annual Internet Governance Forum, held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22-25 October 2013. The theme for this year’s IGF is ‘Building Bridges – Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development.’

PEN International’s Declaration on Digital Freedom is a response to its concerns that poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists, writers, bloggers and journalists have suffered violations to their right of freedom of expression for using digital media.

PEN welcomes the inclusion of focus sessions on human rights, internet governance principles, and principles for multi-stakeholder cooperation. This affirms the importance of human rights including freedom of expression on the internet and is an opportunity for substantive discussion about strengthening accountability and transparency in global, regional and national internet public policy making.

PEN’s International Policy and Advocacy Officer, Sarah Clarke, will be presenting on the impact of surveillance on writers at a number of sessions throughout the week-long conference.

On Monday, she will be presenting at the event Global Perspectives on online Freedom of Expression and at Tactical Tech’s event Disco-tech where discussions will focus on online surveillance, safety, and security.

PEN International celebrates literature and promotes freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now comprises 146 Centres spanning more than 100 countries. Our programmes, campaigns, events and publications connect writers and readers for global solidarity and cooperation. PEN International is a non-political organization and holds consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO.