“Freedom on the Internet”: Larger need for Education, Greater Awareness & Transparent Law Practice


At the second public event “Freedom on the Internet” organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation and implemented in cooperation with the Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering – FINKI and the “Internet Governance Forum Macedonia”, it was concluded that there is a larger need for more education, greater awareness and a transparent law practice that will guarantee the rule of law and freedom on the internet, as well as specialized court departments and judges who preside over copyright law.

The event is dedicated to presenting preliminary reports from the project “Freedom on the Internet” funded by the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), whose mission is to protect human rights on the Internet, as well as presenting results from the measured openness of institutions from the project, “Institutional Openness Network in SEE”, supported by the EU.

The project “Freedom on the Internet” and the preliminary reports on freedom of expression, privacy and Internet security in Macedonia, were presented in general terms by Filip Stojanovski, program director for “Metamorphosis”. Lawyer Valentin Pepeljugovski, an expert on copyright and related rights, presented the Preliminary Report on the situation regarding the application of the Law on Copyright and Related Rights.

Alexandar Nikolov, executive director of the “Zenith” Association,  discussed the preliminary report on the situation related to the application of legal framework in regards to the recent wiretapping, while Liljana Pecova-Ilieska from “Metamorphosis” presented the results of the monitoring of institutional openness and transparency for the Republic of Macedonia from the project, “Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in SEE” (ActionSEE).

In the discussion for journalists, jurists, lawyers and activists, the message emphasized the raising of public awareness on international legal standards that ought to be implemented, as well as the sharing of experiences of jurists working in these areas in Macedonia, as well as law on internet-related cases.

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