Utility of the Metric
We believe such a metric would be extremely useful to policymakers, consumers, and activists. It would:
- Give gravitas and rigor to the concept of Internet openness.
- Allow policymakers and activists a tool to measure and compare state policies and status in achieving Internet openness.
- Provide policymakers with a quantitative tool to assess whether their policies to achieve Internet openness in other countries (through policies such as capacity building or sanctions etc.) are effective and lead to change over time in both governance performance (supply side) and citizen realization of rights (demand side).
- Complement existing efforts funded by governments, businesses, and other entities to measure Internet filtering or advance Internet freedom online.
- Encourage governments and international organizations to develop further data.
It may also be helpful to activists, policymakers and scholars who seek greater understanding of:
- The indivisibility of human rights.
- The relationship of international law both online and offline.¹
¹Harold Koh, "International Law in Cyberspace," 9/18/2012, http://www.state.gov/s/l/releases/remarks/197924.htm
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