The Hague Summit for an
Accountable & Democratic Internet:
The Internet of Values



The first The Hague Summit for Accountability & Internet Democracy
May 31st 2018


Technology changes the world at a fast pace. On August 6th 1991 the internet became publicly available through the World Wide Web. A new technology which would fundamentally change the world as we then knew it. Today we see over 3.8 billion users or just over 50% of the world’s population; a number which is growing every day.

Societies and individuals can benefit in all manner of ways through access to knowledge, people and organizations on a local and global level. More than that, digital has become a must-have, for people, society and the economy. Indeed, digital technology fosters innovation. Online platforms, e commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics and the internet of things (IoT) are further expediting this process by hyper-connecting individuals, organizations, communities, societies and data, with tens of billions of objects and entities.

Unfortunately, the Internet is not immune to evil. Breaches of norms and values are also occurring in the online and cyber worlds, ranging from fraud, identity theft, bullying and other forms of personal harassment or exploitation through to malign social engineering, phishing and hacking attacks which can threaten key networks and even entire nations. Fairness, transparency and accountability dictate that any victim, – whether individual, organization, society, nation or even democracy itself – which suffers from these issues should be able to address those responsible and to secure meaningful, effective redress. However, we are in a position today, in this Digital Age, where ongoing technological developments have outstripped our policy-making capacity, standards-setting and legal frameworks.

Against this background, the Summit organizers are inviting leading players in the global multi-stakeholder community to participate in the first The Hague Summit for Accountability & Internet Democracy. The Summit will be held in the historic Peace Palace, a venue which symbolizes the international city of peace and justice. The Hague offers an ideal and unique global forum for ongoing dialogue among participants in the digital environment: victims, society, industry, academia, lawyers and policy-makers. The Summit will be focused on safeguarding the role of the internet as a tool of personal and social engagement. We are targeting concrete steps to increase access to knowledge, transparency, global common understanding, evidence-based trust and accountability, and thus to promote maximum sustainable net benefit for people and societies worldwide.

The Summit will be a day and a half conference. The speakers will represent a global multi-stakeholder community from national and local governments, international policy makers and institutes, NGOs, the ICT industry and platforms, as well as other relevant organizations. Delegates will attend based on an invitation-only policy. We are expecting about 250 delegates, whose conclusions and recommendations can contribute to shaping global thinking and policy about accountability and democracy on the Internet. It is our intention that The Hague Summit for Accountability & Internet Democracy should become an annual event, encouraging the cross-sectoral, cross cultural dialogue which is indispensable for the shaping of a truly ethical, inclusive and empowering global Internet.


The speakers and Summit program will be announced soon. The organizers strive to invite only a few plenary speakers allowing enough room for panel discussions and knowledge sharing between all the delegates.

Active participation of all executive level delegates in the two panels in welcomed and encouraged. Those wishing to participate as panelists on one of the sessions identified in the provisional program are kindly requested to contact the organization via presenting an outline of their potential contribution to the topic. Selected participants will be informed by April 2018.

The Summit will offer unique networking opportunities. The organization will aim to support networking facilitator service, to assist delegates in setting up networking meetings and booking meeting rooms.

The summit will strive to be a paperless meeting and will rely on web transmission of documents.


Participation of the Summit is based on an ‘invitation-only’ policy. Organizations wishing to participate may be invited upon request via Registrations will be considered by the organizers but it should be noted that the number of places is limited.

Please note that delegates shall cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. There is no summit fee. Practical information on accommodation, including logistical details, is available on this website. Delegates are responsible themselves for any visa requirements.



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The Hague International City of Peace and Justice

The Hague is the international city of peace and justice. Here, every day, tens of thousands of people jointly pursue a more peaceful, just and secure world. They work in around 200 organizations, hundreds of companies and various knowledge centers. And also in the Peace Palace, the symbol of international justice for more than 100 years. The Hague is the place where conflicts are prevented and peacefully solved. It is, furthermore, the host city for international conferences and a meeting place for dialogue and debate. For everyone; both now and in the future.

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Peace Palace

The construction of the Peace Palace was made possible by sponsor Andrew Carnegie. On August 28th 1913 the key of the Peace Palace was presented. It is the home of the ‘Permanent Court of Arbitration’ and the ‘International Court of Justice’. Please refer to the links to find out more about its rich history.


Summit Information


Peace Palace
Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ The Hague
T +31 70 302 42 42


Please bring your booking confirmation and valid identity document to the event. Please be sure to arrive at the venue by 7.30-8 am as all attendees must be registered and through security (including bag checks) by 8:30 am. Please ensure you allow sufficient time in your journey to allow for this


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• Drive to The Hague following the A12 highway:
• At the end of the A12, turn left at the traffic lights onto ‘Zuid Hollandlaan’;
• Turn right at the next traffic lights onto ‘Koningskade’;
• Turn left on the third junction onto ‘Laan Copes van Cattenburgh’;
• Turn left after the police station onto ‘Burgemeester van Karnebeeklaan’;
• The Peace Palace is located at the end of this road.

  • Bus
    • Line 24 (to ‘Kijkduin’) from the bus platform above the station (direct service, all day long)
    • Get off at stop ‘Vredespaleis’

  • Tram
    • Line 1, direction Scheveningen Noorderstrand (direct service, all day long).
    • Get off at stop Vredespaleis


The Hague Conference for Accountability & Internet Democracy 2019+

Following the 2018 Summit, the IAID aims to organize the first ‘The Hague Conference for Accountability & Internet Democracy – The Internet of Values’ in H2 of 2019. This conference is expected to start as a two day conference open to all interested parties and individuals. Both speaker and attendees will represent the international multi stakeholder community. Interested to become a partner? Please contact us at:

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