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UNESCO’s Internet universality indicators: a framework for assessing Internet development

UNESCO has produced a Framework for Assessing Internet Development, based on the four ROAM categories:

R – that the internet is based on Human Rights

O – that it is Open

A – that it should be Accessible to all, and

M – that it is nurtured by Multistakeholder participation.

Safety, gender, children, sustainable development and legalities are cross-cutting indicators that feature across the model.


The internet is a vital component that facilitates digitalisation and achievements of the SDGs, and its benefits need to be universally available for all. The Framework can be accessed here.


Sarah Corley
Sarah is DFI's Community & Professional Development Manager, and is responsible for providing opportunities for capacity building of DFS professionals and DFI alumni outside of our online course provision. She has over 19 years of experience within the learning and capacity development within the development and health sector, and is passionate about being a catalyst for change.

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