MKAI signs tribute to support UNESCO in securing information as a public good

Milton Keynes, England, 28 MARCH 2023

MKAI stands with UNESCO in the fight for freedom of expression and information accessibility through digital regulation.

MKAI.org is proud to announce that we have signed a tribute in support of UNESCO’s efforts to secure information as a public good through the collaborative efforts of civil society.

In today’s digital age, where over three billion people worldwide use digital platforms, these platforms have an immense impact on our public space, daily interactions, and access to information. At MKAI, we firmly believe that appropriate regulation is essential to safeguard freedom of expression and ensure access to reliable information while also addressing the negative effects of digital platforms.

That’s why we are thrilled to endorse UNESCO’s efforts to develop guidelines for regulating these platforms. These guidelines will promote content moderation policies that respect human rights, ensure transparency of platform processes and redress rights, empower users, and hold platforms accountable to their proclaimed policies. Furthermore, they call for the establishment of an independent regulatory body to ensure platform accountability.

To fully realize the impact of these guidelines, we advocate for a multi-stakeholder approach driven by active engagement from civil society organizations. At MKAI, we pledge to play our full part in this process and work towards securing information as a public good. This is a crucial moment in time, and we’re thrilled to be part of this important work.

Join us in supporting UNESCO’s efforts to create guidelines for regulating digital platforms that promote content moderation policies that respect human rights, ensure transparency of platform processes and redress rights, empower users, and hold platforms accountable to their proclaimed policies. By working together, we can create a safer, more inclusive, and equitable online environment.

Richard Foster-Fletcher, MKAI Chair and Founder, is delighted about this new development, saying that “Digital platforms have revolutionised the way we access information and interact with each other, but with such immense power comes responsibility. At MKAI, we firmly believe that appropriate regulation is crucial to safeguard our fundamental rights and ensure access to reliable information. We are proud to endorse UNESCO’s efforts to develop guidelines for regulating digital platforms and pledge to work towards securing information as a public good through a multi-stakeholder approach. By coming together, we can create a safer and more equitable online environment for all.”

At MKAI, we firmly believe that appropriate regulation is crucial to safeguard our fundamental rights and ensure access to reliable information. We are proud to endorse UNESCO's efforts to develop guidelines for regulating digital platforms and pledge to work towards securing information as a public good through a multi-stakeholder approach.

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