Internet access can be seen as today basic communication tool, which enables people to participate and engage in cultural, social and political discourse. In its form of an information medium, it dissolves the sovereignty of content control states used to inherit. Social media platforms evolved to platforms where social activism and free speech could happen.

The aim of the Guidebook is to illustrate the legal dispute about guaranteeing the freedom of expression on the internet and restricting content which interferes with the law of the state.

Questions that are discussed are for example, which country laws apply for content providers of media platforms and who is responsible for the content which is uploaded. Some states already block sites or restrict users' access to the Internet.

In reference to the legal framework of the OSCE media freedom commitments, it also gives an insight to the developments concerning the free flow of information in the Internet and how to regulate content considered illegal.

Tags: Media_Law Media_policies Net_Neutrality National_security Censorship OSCE_member_states
Publication Date: March 2016
Research and Editorial Team: Yaman Akdeniz