Building trust in the internet is the key to maximizing its potential, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio declared today at the EuroDIG summit in Serbia.
“Trust implies adhering to a community of values which serve to achieve the necessary checks and balances, protecting individuals and communities from wrongdoings,” she said.
“Online as offline, tensions between freedoms and rights have to be resolved following a series of principles. Criminal behaviour and abuses need to be prevented, reported and punished. Vulnerable users need to be empowered and protected. Positive action is needed in order to avoid the “digital exclusion” of some categories of population.
“For the Council of Europe, trust is first and foremost about ensuring a maximum of rights, a minimum of restrictions and a level of security and dignity for Internet users.