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Introducing Internet Universality Indicators

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Help UNESCO finalize the draft Internet Universality Indicators

Stakeholders are invited to review the first draft indicators document and respond to the three questions below by March 15, 2018. Submissions should be sent via email an online submission platform to be available in late December.

Consultation questions:

  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?

Key Links

Internet Universality

Press release

Internet Study

Draft Internet indicators


  • What is Internet Universality and what are Internet Universality Indicators?
  • Is information available in other languages?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • Are there any online forums or wikis for comment and discussion?
  • Are there any videos about the Internet Universality Indicators?

UNESCO launched its concept of Internet Universality in 2013. This concept, which was endorsed by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2015, embraces four principles which have been and should continue to be fundamental to the development of the Internet and its role in advancing the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): R – that the Internet is based on human Rights O – that it is Open A – that it should be Accessible to all M – that it is nurtured by Multistakeholder participation.

Project Timeline
The first phase, from May to October 2017, will focus on broad principles for internet indicators. A report on the first phase, including options for specific indicators, will be published in November 2017.

The second phase, from November 2017 to March 2018, will focus on options for specific indicators. A final report, including specific indicators, will be published in April 2017.

Each phase of the project will include an extensive programme of multistakeholder consultation.

All stakeholders are encouraged to respond to this questionnaire.

UNESCO will also organise a series of face-to-face consultations at international meetings and in individual countries. Plans for these consultation meetings can be found here.

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