Q1/2019 - Freedom Online Coalition (FOC)

Berlin, 1 March 2019

On 1 March 2019, Ghana took over the presidency of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) from Germany. The new chair is Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful. The co-chairs of the FOC Advisory Network (FOC-AN) were also newly elected. Mallory Knodel from Article 19 and Bernard Shen from Microsoft replaced the two resigning co-chairs, Matthew Shears, by now an ICANN Board Member, and Katharine Kendrick. Both will remain members of the FOC-AN[1].

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  1. [1] Press Release: New Co-Chairs of Freedom Online Coalition, Berlin, 1 March 2019: “Mallory expressed her intention to “continue the work of the previous co-Chairs to foster trust and transparency within the FOC”. Mallory additionally noted she looks forward to “bringing the AN and the FOC Members closer through practical coordination activities such as human-centric cybersecurity policy and human rights considerations in algorithmic decision making.” Regarding his role as co-Chair, Bernard noted that he would focus his energy on cultivating open-minded discussions, the sharing and understanding of perspectives, concerns and goals within the AN in order to build and provide consensus recommendations to support informed deliberation of key issues by the FOC.” See: https://freedomonlinecoalition.com/news/bernard-shen-and-mallory-knodel-announced-as-foc-an-co-chairs/