“Een open en vrij internet is een enorme kans voor mensen overal.”

– Marietje Schaake, Europarlementariër D66

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Het internet en wereldwijde web houden geen rekening met grenzen. Ook virtuele grenzen van taboes en censuur kunnen via internet worden doorbroken. Dat is een enorme kans voor meer vrijheid voor mensen overal. Het is daarom belangrijk om niet vanuit landen maar vanuit waarden naar het internet te kijken, en om het open te houden. Het IGF is het wereldwijde platform voor afspraken over een open en vrij internet.

Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeD66) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighbourhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe’s Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU´s external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.
Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO’s, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights.