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In July 2012, Canada, along with 84 co-sponsors at the UN Human Rights Council, confirmed the importance of the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet, and in particular, freedom of expression online.

This joint submission follows up on recommendations made in the first Canadian UPR and covers the following topics:

- Public oversight and transparency in the context of open government data and the Access to Information Act.

- Concerns about universal, equitable and affordable internet access; and online content diversity and language.

- Concerns about the right to privacy; online spying, and Bill C-30

- Issues relating to freedom of expression and discrimination online