The Netherlands is allocating €6m to boost ‘internet freedom’ and help cyber activists in countries where the population is oppressed.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal announced the cash help at the end of an international summit in The Hague on internet freedom.
In a final declaration at the end of the summit, 14 countries (Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Estonia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Britain, United States, Sweden) agreed to ‘promote the freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly with respect to the Internet and connection technologies’.
They also pledged to take action to work against the ‘export and misappropriation of technologies for repressive ends, inappropriate requests for personal data for political purposes, and illegitimate blocking of content.’
According to the Volkskrant, the EU will next year set up a €125m fund to support cyber activism.