Digital Empowerment Foundation on the Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right

Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

RightsCon, Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines—DEF team member, Ms. Ritu Srivastava, participated in the interactive session on Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right at the RightsCon conference in Manila, Philippines.

Digital Empowerment Foundation: “Not Too Inaccessible for Broadband: Connecting Remote Communities with Wireless Spectrum”

New Delhi, India

As part of the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), my colleague Ritu Srivastava and I I participated in an interactive session on Broadband for All organised at the RightsCon conference in Manila, Philippines.

Coalition of African Lesbians granted Observer Status by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

South Africa

In this statement, the Coalition of African Lesbians congratulates the decision of the African Commission on Human and People´s Rights to grant Observer Status to CAL, a network of 19 organisations working to transform Africa into a continent where lesbian and bisexual women and gender non-conforming people enjoy the full range of human rights.

Download the full statement here

The Privacy is in the Protocol: Why Civil Society Needs to Pay Attention to the IETF


In the fourth installment of the FOC Working Group 1 (WG1) blog series, Mallory Knodel reflects on the link between cybersecurity and internet protocol engineering at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Solidarity is more than a Forum


The first World Social Forum, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001, defined this ongoing process as an “open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and interlinking for effective action” for movements and organisations opposed to

GISWatch: Mexico should legislate on the use of unwarranted government surveillance


On 14 April, we presented GISWatch 2014 – Communications surveillance in the digital age in the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico. This was possible thanks to the organisations SonTusDatos and APC.

Zero trollerance: Self-help for sexists in six simple steps

Welcome to the Zero Trollerance six-step self-help program!

Hate has always been a part of the internet and the intentional harassment of other people (termed trolling) has too.

Vote for Take Back the Tech! for The Bobs award!


APC’s “Take Back the Tech!

A genuine success for the Digital Security Tent during the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunis


During the World Social Forum (WSF) which took place in Tunis on 24-28 March, Alternatives and DSS 216, in collaboration with APC, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Access Now and the alternati

Free or "Malayang" software is a human right

Free software is a human right. Freedom to run the software. Freedom to study and change the software. Freedom to redistribute. Freedom to redistribute with changes. The four freedoms that define free software have become essential human rights that must never be taken away from anyone except as a punishment for wrongdoing.

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