OFE has long been an advocate for Open Standards – which the Internet heavily relies on. In past years, we have been pushing for the adoption of strong Net Neutrality principles. Moreover, in an increasingly concentrated platforms market, we uphold our support of decreasing barriers to competition through increased interoperability through Open Standards.
In line with this, OFE approaches Internet policy through the lens of a number of key principles which must be defended to ensure its continued success:
- Open Standards: free, publicly available standards ensuring that all devices, services, and applications can work together and interoperate on the Internet.
- Net neutrality: Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.
- Multistakeholder governance: no one person, company, organization or government should run the Internet. Its governance model should be based on a decentralised network involving all relevant stakeholders including civil society, the private sector, governments, the academic and research communities and national and international organizations.