Report Belli van Begren Net Neutrality CDMSI(2013).pdf

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Steering Committee on Media
and Information Society
4th meeting
Strasbourg 3-6 December 2013
CDMSI(2013)misc 19E

Protecting Human Rights through Network Neutrality:
Furthering Internet Users’ Interest,
Modernising Human Rights
Safeguarding the Open Internet

“Providing guidance to member states and/or to facilitating the elaboration of guidelines
with and for private sector actors in order to define more precisely acceptable
management measures and minimum quality-of-service requirements”
(CM Declaration on Network Neutrality of 2010)

Luca Belli
Matthijs van Bergen


The opinions expressed in this work are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of
the Council of Europe
Luca Belli is the founder and co-coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality of the United Nations Internet
Governance Forum. Over the last three years, Mr Belli has cooperated with the Secretariat of the United Nations Internet
Governance Forum, the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit and with the Internet Society. Mr Belli is currently
serving as a Council of Europe Expert on Network Neutrality and is completing his Doctoral Research in Public Law at Centre
d’Etudes et de Recherches de Sciences Administratives et Politiques (CERSA), Université Panthéon-Assas (PRES Sorbonne
University), Paris. Furthermore, Mr Belli is a former Internet Society Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum and an
alumnus of the Internet Society Next Generation Leaders Programme. Lastly, he is a senior author and a member of the
steering committee of
Matthijs van Bergen works as a legal advisor at ICTRecht, and is simultaneously developing his PhD thesis concerning net
neutrality and the protection of freedom of speech and privacy in information societies at Leiden University. Matthijs has
advised the Dutch NGO Bits of Freedom concerning net neutrality from 2010 to 2012, on an entirely voluntary (‘pro bono’)
basis. Currently Matthijs is alsoserving as a network neutrality expert for the Council of Europe.