This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Jan Kleijssen is the Council of Europe‘s Director of Information Society and Action against Crime. Previously he was Director of the Secretary General's Private Office and as the Special Adviser to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly joined the Council of Europe in 1983 as a Lawyer with the European Commission of Human Rights. In his view, the Fundamental Rights Forum has the great merit of triggering thought-provoking discussions on today’s core challenges to human rights. The ‘digital age’ cluster covers a vast and complex field, where stakes are high in terms of guaranteeing a full and lasting enjoyment of fundamental freedoms. As we all evolve in a dynamic information society, we witness how innovation increases opportunities, while also entailing serious risks to some of our core individual rights, notably in the areas of privacy and freedom of expression. To tackle those, and to ensure that a human rights-based approach can keep up with ICT progress, a multi-stakeholder approach is absolutely key. The Council of Europe is working, in the framework of its Internet Governance Strategy 2016-2019, to establish a platform between governments and major internet companies on their respect for human rights online as well as principles of accountability and transparency to the multi-stakeholder community. He, therefore, particularly welcomes the Forum’s original setting, offering a platform, which brings together actors from various horizons, including decision-makers, practitioners, civil society and representatives from the private sector: only cross-fertilisation and confrontation of perspectives can lead to concrete outcomes and comprehensive solutions. He very much looks forward to thrilling debates.