Geneva – 6 November 2013 – The United Nations (ECOSOC), grants Special Consultative Status to OISTE.ORG based in Geneva promoting a “Switzerland on the Internet” to provide Net neutrality. UN Consultative status enables OISTE.ORG to actively engage with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways http://www.oiste.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/OISTE_confirmation_ECOSOC.pdf

OISTE.ORG considers that there are important issues related to personal data management, digital identity, information security and the respect of the right to privacy that concern all Internet users and demand concerted actions between States. The OISTE Foundation founded in 1998 as a not for profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, regulated by article 80 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code is creating a “Switzerland on the Internet”, a set of policies, technologies and legislation allowing the Internet to provide Net neutrality which is increasingly becoming a subject of discussions both at private and public sector. OISTE position is that internet companies, social networks, cloud services, internet services providers and governments should treat the data of users and organizations equally and that everyone has the right to free access to an open internet. Any erosion of net neutrality is an attack on the founding principles of the internet. At the heart of this strategy OISTE Rootkey is present in over 2 billion browsers and mobile browsers and Internet of Things devices allowing OISTE root to be ubiquitous and universal when receives the public key from web certification authorities worldwide.

OISTE calls on other NGOs and UN Member States to work towards the requirement that Internet has to articulate the “right to disappear” into its design. This means that individuals will be empowered to manage their personal information, including the possibility of deleting personal data if they do not want it to linger in cyberspace. This in compliance with the Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks”.

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