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Council of Europe calls to "maximize the freedom and minimize the threats" on the web

(Xinhua)

08:14, November 25, 2011

VIENNA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thursday called for better protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law online at a high-level conference .

"In short, our vision is about 'maximizing the freedom and minimizing the threats'", said Jagland in his opening address on the conference with the theme of "Our Internet-Our rights, Our freedoms", jointly organized by the Council of Europe and the Austrian Foreign Ministry

The Council of Europe has developed many standards on the rights of internet users, which now will be brought together in a user-friendly compendium of internet rights, particularly in the field of data protection, which is another aspect of freedom of the internet, Jagland said.

He also pointed that cyber crime was the major threat to data protection and urged all parties concerned to increase efforts to combat cyber crime through ratification and full implementation of what they have already agreed upon, such as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and the Protocol on xenophobia and racism through computer systems.

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