The OISTE Foundation was amongst the first civil society organisations that subscribed and endorsed the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance back in 2013.

The OISTE foundation follow closely the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Privacy and organises a panel as a side-event of the Human Rights Council. The first edition took place in 2019. In 2020 it was cancelled at the last minute by the Human Rights Council. The objective is to create awareness and educate human rights activists on the relevance of this emerging topic.

The OISTE Foundation endorses the “Principles on identification for sustainable development: Toward the Digital Age“ and aligns its practices with these principles.

The OISTE Foundation supports the initiative of the Geneva Office of the United Nations, Perception Change project, a collective effort to show the relevance and impact of the work of Geneva-based International Organizations.

The OISTE Foundation adheres to the Universal Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence proposed by The Public Voice: https://thepublicvoice.org/ai-universal-guidelines.

The OISTE Foundation supports the work of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation and the analysis and recommendations contained in the report: “The Age of Digital Interdependence”.

The OISTE Foundation is working with Medair in the search of secure digital identities that would improve the level of humanitarian services to vulnerable populations of refugees


OISTE actively participates in the public debate of contemporary issues such as:

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030, point 16.9: providing a valid legal identity to all human beings on the planet
  • Internet governance
  • The fight against illicit trade and counterfeiting
  • The respect of the human right to privacy in the digital world
  • The protection of personal data in the digital age
  • Child online protection