May 26, 2022

New Report From UNESCO: Global Survey on Internet Privacy and Freedom of Expression

Published and released online by UNESCO earlier this week.

From a Summary:

This publication seeks to identify the relationship between freedom of expression and Internet privacy, assessing where they support or compete with each other in different circumstances. The book maps out the issues in the current regulatory landscape of Internet privacy from the viewpoint of freedom of expression. It provides an overview of legal protection, self-regulatory guidelines, normative challenges, and case studies relating to the topic.


The publication explores a range of issues, such as:

  • threats to privacy that have developed through the Internet,
  • international legal standards on privacy and responses to these emerging issues,
  • complex intersections between the rights to privacy and freedom of expression,
  • UNESCO recommendations to states and corporations for better practice, overview of literature, background material and tools on international and national policy and practice on privacy and freedom of expression on the Internet

The report runs 144 pages and includes a number of useful resources along with a bibliography.

The full text is available here (single file)

or by section/chapter. We’ve also embedded the complete report below.

Executive summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Global overview of challenges and opportunities for privacy protection on the Internet
  3. The global legal and regulatory environment for protection of privacy
  4. Conclusions – intersections between privacy and freedom of expression
  5. Policy recommendations
  6. Useful resources

Global survey on Internet privacy and freedom of expression

See Also: UNESCO launches Global Survey on Internet Privacy and Freedom of Expression at the Internet Governance Forum

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.