Open Internet for Democracy

Open Internet for Democracy

Our Belief: An open and accessible Internet is fundamental to the success of democratic societies worldwide.

Our Goal: Build a network of open Internet advocates who champion the democratic values and principles that should guide the future development of the Internet.

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Coming to RightsCon?

If you're going to be up in Toronto for RightsCon this May, come join our session, Principles into Practice: Crowdsourcing Advocacy Strategies to Promote Digital Rights at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 17th. The session will explore the recently finalized Democratic Principles for an Open Internet, and discuss how it - as well as other sets of principles related to internet freedom - can realistically assist activists and advocates to push against forces at the local or international level who threaten an open internet. Together, we will identify and discuss ways in which such frameworks can be practically applied on the ground, and invite others to share their own experiences with operationalizing or using international norms and standards for advocacy.

Read the Democratic Principles for an Open Internet

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) are facilitating an initiative to identify and promote internet norms and principles essential to democratic governance. Success requires the diverse voices of a wide range of local and multinational organizations, including political and human rights groups, citizen activists, media representatives, civil society organizations, and members of the private sector. 

Read the Principles!

News

The panel will include discussions of technical censorship and throttling by ISPs, the legal implications of surveillance and cyber laws, and the challenges posed by digital disinformation, fake news, and online trolling.
CIMA's new digital report provides on the ground examples of groups that have successfully fought for policies and norms that strengthen Internet freedom and digital rights.