Additional resources for the Open Internet for Democracy community.

OIDI Resources

Submission to the Global Digital Compact

This submission to the Global Digital Compact seeks to contribute to the global discourse on the open and democratic internet, while advocating for its continued protection and promotion. An open internet is essential to the realization of fundamental human rights, the promotion of democratic values, and the advancement of social, economic, and cultural progress. 

The initial submission to the GDC was developed by the 2022 Open Internet for Democracy Leaders - digital rights advocates from six… Read More

Guidelines for Newsrooms in West Africa

The explosive growth of social media use around the world has opened up many new opportunities for journalism. At the same time, these platforms are becoming increasingly dangerous for journalists. Women in particular experience seemingly endless streams of heinous online attacks, simply for doing their jobs. Constant threats that sometimes lead to real-world violence have taken their toll on journalists’ mental health, impacting their ability to report on crucial issues. These guidelines, developed by 2020 Open… Read More

Open Internet for Democracy Advocacy Playbook

The Open Internet for Democracy Advocacy Playbook serves as a companion piece to the Democratic Principles for an Open Internet, which is a framework for understanding what principles must be upheld in order for the internet to foster democracy.

The initial draft of this Playbook was developed by the 2018 Open Internet for Democracy Leaders - digital rights advocates from six countries - as part of an effort to help their peers learn from the experiences of others. Their experiences demonstrate that the determination to preserve an inclusive, open internet for civic and economic… Read More

Partner Resources

How Social Media Taxes Can Burden News Outlets: The Case of Uganda

In July 2018, the government of Uganda implemented a tax on individual users of social media platforms. In the first three months following the introduction of the tax in the country, internet penetration dropped from 47 percent to 35 percent. Given that a significant amount of news circulation now happens via social media and messaging apps, how might this new tax impact the news media ecosystem? 2018 Open Internet Leader Juliet Nanfuka authors… Read More

Mapping Digital Disinformation around Elections: A Case Study of Pakistan’s 2018 General Elections

The 2018 general election represented one of the first times digital disinformation occurred on a massive scale in Pakistan. This report from the Center for International Media Assistance by 2018 Open Internet Leader Talal Raza examines different forms of disinformation that circulated online in the lead up to the 2018 elections and its impact on the country’s political discourse, and… Read More

Digital Economy Enabling Environment Guide: Key Areas of Dialogue for Business and Policymakers

The "Digital Economy Enabling Environment Guide: Key Areas of Dialogue for Business and Policymakers" developed by CIPE and New Markets Lab aims to explain the complex legal and regulatory aspects of the digital economy for all stakeholders, regardless of their technical knowledge or policy experience. The Guide serves as both a tool for approaching the advocacy process and as a regulatory and legal resource for private and public sector counterparts… Read More