As part of our introductory guide to internet governance, Andreas Karsten introduces key organisations and bodies working on the internet, communications and governance, including their overarching aims and where you can find more information. Organisations covered include the United Nations, Council of Europe, UNESCO, and civil society. In this article, Andreas introduces the work of civil society on internet governance.

On the civil society level, there are various actors and activities that center around questions of internet governance and freedom.  It is a challenge to define comprehensively this field, here are a few prominent and globally active civil society organisations, groups and initiatives to get you started. You can find out more about the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and internet governance in this article.

Civil society and internet governance
Civil society and internet governance | Photo by suxsie.q

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Written by Andreas Karsten

Andreas works as a researcher and journalist in and beyond the youth sector on rights-based public policies, youth-sensitive budgeting, human rights, equality, empowerment, participation, citizenship, sustainability, learning, change and common sense.