We believe that Internet rights are Human rights

The Internet is a media, a tool, a space but most of all it is a HUMAN RIGHT that each and everyone need to enjoy everywhere. We explore the intersection of Internet rights and human rights, globally and locally. We talk and advocate for anonymity, privacy, affordable access, alternatives to copy right. We promote a feminist Internet and many more issues.

Connecting the dots: Human Rights and the Internet

Author: Emilie Di Grazia Human rights are on everyone’s lips. From the eternal optimists to the perpetual skeptics, everyone has its opinion on them – and in the digital age, everyone’s favourite medium to voice them are on the internet. However, human rights can (and too often do) remain pretty words on a piece of paper. The respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights need concrete actions (or, as we will see, non–action). In the legal framework, these obligations fall upon the States. Human rights international instruments have been written and accepted in a time where the internet still remain an utopian idea, along those flying cars that I’m still waiting for. Thankfully, the Mothers and Fathers of human rights did not disappoint and had foresight: human rights were thought in terms to include the new human and technical developments that would come in the future, particularly when it regards to Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It is up to us, however, to make sure that human rights are “translated” for the digital world. In other words, connecting the dots between human rights and the internet. Why should we connect them? There is a variety of reasons, but two stand out : We, meaning every human beings, without discrimination of any kind, have the same human rights online as we do offline. “Rights”, like any legal system, even the bizarre international one, refers to freedoms and entitlements granted to individuals. Historically, rights have been linked to citizenship, in other words, whether you are a member of a State entity – The ground-breaking particularity of human rights is that it transcends...

Freedom on the Net

Freedom House, a U.S. based government funded non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights published its report on internet freedom “Freedom on the Net 2017”. Each year we see an increase in physical and technical attacks on human rights defenders, journalists and independent media, shutdowns of mobile internet service for alleged political or security reasons and an overall decline in internet freedom. According to the report, nearly 3.4 billion people have access to the internet and only less than one-quarter of users have no major obstacles to access, onerous restrictions on content, or serious violations of user rights in the form of unchecked surveillance or unjust repercussions for legitimate speech. Manipulating social media, fake news phenomenon, automated “bot”accounts, restrictions on virtual private networks, banning encrypted communication and other activities by governments around the globe are seriously endangering democracy and civic activism. It is concluded that in addition to manipulating online content, governments also target mobile connectivity usually in areas populated by minority ethnic or religious groups, block live-streaming applications and arrest those who are trying to broadcast abuse during political protests, use cyberattacks as a way of controlling opposition politicians, human rights defenders, independent blogs and news websites. These manipulation and disinformation tactics which play an important part in elections around the world are creating societies more vulnerable to disinformation. Once again, China takes the first place in abusing internet freedom. Government critics were sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on the account of publishing articles on overseas websites. In July 2017 the world reacted to the news about death...

Giswatch 2017 – National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives

Introduction This report is focuses on the Bosnia and Herzegovina Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the primary platform for internet governance discussions in the country. It suggests how the IGF offers a vital platform for consensus building in a country troubled by political and ethnic divisions. Policy, economic and political background Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small country located in South East Europe. It gained independence in 1992, and shortly after that the country entered into a period of armed conflict (1992-1995). The armed conflict ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace agreement in December 1995, which forms part of the current Constitution. Bosnia and Herzegovina is described as a post-conflict, transitional country where society and state are divided along ethnic lines into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republica Srpska and Brčko District. However, the reconciliation and recovery process in the country is ongoing and new perspectives are becoming more and more important. In this context, the Bosnia and Herzegovina IGF2 is a fresh new start. As a multistakeholder event, it is based on listening to what diverse stakeholders have to say, including government, business, civil society, the technical community, academia and the media. Every opinion is important, and in this sense we consider the IGF a “real democracy”, a space which Bosnia and Herzegovina needs. At the beginning of our collaboration… The Bosnia and Herzegovina IGF was started two years ago with the intention of promoting cooperation and collaboration between different stakeholders, and to have an impact on internet governance at a policy-making level. This is an important aim in a country where political instability can...

Whose Knowledge visited us!

April brought new energy to the organization and a big part of the responsibility for that goes to the powerful duo standing behind Whose Knowledge, founders Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse. Whose Knowledge joins forces with individuals, communities, organizations and movements worldwide in order to develop and strengthen the Internet for all and by all. With just a small proportion of the world’s knowledge in books and other forms of visual and oral material, the Internet even further misrepresents what we use as knowledge on a daily basis which makes them wonder whose knowledge is, and is not, represented on the Internet? This organization supports artists, activists, academics, researchers, technologists, libraries, museums, archives, and other interested individuals and institutions to join them in raising awareness about the importance of these digital sources, working on further digitisation and most importantly, fighting participation gap between those who have their say and those whose voices are muted. Our team spent three day with Anasuya and Siko, sharing valuable experiences and learning from each other. Big thanks to them for inspiring us to be active participants in the Wikipedia community and to collect and share knowledge from and with marginalized and underrepresented communities in the offline and online...

APC welcomes new Executive Directress!

After 17 years of leading, Anriette Esterhuysen has decided to step down from her role as an executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Since June 2000, she has been the inspirational force behind the APC’s growth as an organisation and a network with 74 members. Her contribution left a significant mark in the ICT for development, internet rights and governance arenas. As a passionate human rights activist and a committed leader, Anriette Esterhuysen led APC in some new directions while staying true to the roots of the organisation. At the request of the board, Esterhuysen will continue to play a role in APC’s management structure, particularly in the area of policy strategy and advocacy. The board of directors appointed the current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, as the new executive director. With a valuable experience, as an activist and a leader in struggle for democracy in Philippines, Chat joined APC in January 2000 as a gender and development expert. She led the development, fundraising and management of nine multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since June 2013, Chat was appointed as deputy executive director. APC welcomes Chat García Ramilo in her new role and wishes her success in continuing to lead APC with the same strength and impassioned commitment that Edie Farwell, APC’s first executive director, and Anriette have, imprinting her own personal style on the way. APC’s dedication to ensuring that the internet serves to promote social justice will carry on under this new and very welcome leadership....
I grew up with the understanding that the world I lived in was one where people enjoyed a sort of freedom to communicate with each other in privacy, without it being monitored, without it being measured or analyzed or sort of judged by these shadowy figures or systems, any time they mention anything that travels across public lines.
Edward Snowden

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

Aaron Swartz