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March 02, 2021 A community leader from Digital Grassroots in front of a classroom, training his community on digital literacy.

Is Digital Inequality a Justice Issue?

Esther Mwema

When we start to think of digital rights as human rights, it transforms digital inequality into an issue of injustice. As… Read More


February 24, 2021 An image of a system lock console background from Yuri Samoilov on Flickr. (yuri.samoilov.online/)

How Big Tech’s Content Moderation Policies Could Jeopardize Users in Authoritarian Regimes

Gideon Sarpong

Social media advocates have historically lauded its ability to facilitate democratic progress by connecting… Read More


February 09, 2021 Infographic displaying blog title

The Internet in 2030: Digital Rights Experts on the Decade Ahead

Open Internet for Democracy Initiative

The internet is a constantly evolving technological platform. It’s unlikely that when the very first internet… Read More


January 29, 2021 Earth

Report: The Shrinking Space for Media Freedom in Southeast Europe

Dr. Rumena Filipova, Dr. Ognian Shentov, and Ruslan Stefanov

This blog and the associated report was fully produced and published by the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). Editor of the report, Ruslan… Read More


January 28, 2021 Image of a phone and computer overlaid with "Data Privacy Day 2021: #PrivacyAware"

Data Protection and Privacy in the Absence of Law: A Namibian exploration during COVID-19

Nashilongo Gervasius

In 2006, the Council of Europe launched "Data Protection Day" to commemorate the anniversary of the 1981 passage of Europe's data protection bill… Read More


October 28, 2020 REPORT: THE STATE OF INTERNET FREEDOM IN AFRICA 2020

REPORT: THE STATE OF INTERNET FREEDOM IN AFRICA 2020

CIPESA

On September 29, 2020, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released a new report, State of… Read More


September 22, 2020 globe

PRESERVING AN OPEN INTERNET IN LESOTHO THROUGH A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE

Thato Mochone

Open Internet for Democracy Leader, Thato Mochone, shares the outcomes of a virtual multi-stakeholder dialogue aimed at initiating… Read More


September 09, 2020 Venezula internet drop infographic

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HIGHLIGHTED VENEZUELA’S DROP IN INTERNET PENETRATION

Margaret López

What happens during a national health emergency when citizens don’t have access to the internet? People in Venezuela are finding out as… Read More


September 03, 2020 Earth

A WHIRLWIND OF INFORMATION: THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISINFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION DURING A PANDEMIC

Thato Mochone

Open Internet Leader, Thato Mochone examines how governments in Southern Africa are utilizing the disinformation and misinformation surrounding… Read More


August 27, 2020 Open Internet Nigeria

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER INSIGHTS ON PROTECTING AN OPEN INTERNET: A PERSPECTIVE FROM NIGERIA

Gift Agboro

To spark conversations that address policies restricting an open internet in Nigeria, I hosted a roundtable discussion in Abuja, Nigeria, earlier… Read More


July 15, 2020 Earth

CONSTITUTIONALISM, THE RULE OF LAW & DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE: A CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR THULI MADONSELA

Mary-Jean Nleya

South African Professor Thuli Madonsela discusses the rule of law in the age of COVID-19, including important considerations around data… Read More


May 27, 2020 face showing metrics for measurement by artificial intelligence scanners

THE TWIST OF FATE, OR ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FACIAL RECOGNITION IN DEMOCRATIC POST-GDPR EUROPE

Olga Kyryliuk

The use of facial recognition technology is on the rise, particularly among governments who claim that it helps keep their citizens safer. But how… Read More


May 26, 2020 global internet

Responses to Tackling COVID-19: State of Emergency, Rule of Law & the Public Good

Mary-Jean Nleya

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has led many governments to enact emergency measures that temporarily expand their powers in an effort to combat and… Read More


April 16, 2020 global internet

DISINFORMATION AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIETY: A CASE STUDY FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Gift Agboro

Disinformation can also have less immediately visible but equally dangerous results that undermine democracy by distorting public discourse and… Read More


April 07, 2020 The worst part of censorship is everything is fine trust your government

UKRAINE WANTS TO FIGHT DISINFORMATION BY INTRODUCING DE-FACTO CENSORSHIP

Olga Kyryliuk

Ukraine's proposed legislative amendments raise concerns about the future of freedom of speech and the free flow of information.

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October 28, 2019 globe with speech bubbles all over it

THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND OUR DIGITAL RIGHTS IN OUR OWN LANGUAGES

Eduardo Carrillo

The fight towards a free and democratic internet has numerous battlefields, but equally important is the creation of a network representative of… Read More


October 21, 2019 Botswanna voting photo

AS BOTSWANA HEADS TO THE POLLS, COMPETITIVE ELECTIONS HIGHLIGHT NEED TO STRENGTHEN MEDIA AND DATA LAWS

Mary-Jean Nleya

An electorate ought to be empowered to make their own political and socio-economic decisions, and as such, a public sphere where information is… Read More


October 17, 2019 internet freedom freepress photo

THE ROLE OF MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COALITIONS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DIGITAL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Kathleen Ndongmo

With a marked increase in digital rights violations across the African continent since 2016, citizens have found various ways to protest against… Read More


October 07, 2019 phillippines internet photo

THREATS TO DEMOCRACY ONLINE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Mary Rose Ofianga Rontal

How is a lack of multistakeholder discussions, a digital divide, and pro-surveillance legislation impacting the internet in the Philippines?… Read More


September 30, 2019 paraguayan flag

TECHNICAL FAILURES THAT MUZZLE: CENSORSHIP ON FACEBOOK OF THE WORKERS' PARTY IN PARAGUAY

Eduardo Carrillo

How can Facebook's Community Standards harm freedom of expression in a global context? This case study from Paraguay explores this topic.… Read More


August 27, 2019 AI Robot looking back at camera over his shoulder, kind of creepy

IS AI ETHICAL?

Iness ben Guirat

The growth of artificial intelligence has raised numerous concerns about its ethicality. What should users be on the lookout for - both positive… Read More


June 17, 2019 open internet principles photo

THE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES FOR AN OPEN INTERNET AS A FRAMEWORK FOR DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURS

Mary Rose Ofianga

To promote a deeper understanding of internet governance and digital rights by local communities in the Philippines, Womenpowered Digital and ICT… Read More


May 22, 2019 digital rights photo

THE FIVE-STEP APPROACH TO CONDUCTING A DIGITAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

Mary Rose Ofianga

Imagine you are a digital rights organization that has developed a series of materials on digital rights literacy, and now your organization is… Read More


May 15, 2019 open internet Africa

THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ON AFRICAN ECONOMIES

Kathleen Ndongmo

If internet shutdowns become the norm across Africa, the economic development of the continent will severely stagnate, as a large majority of… Read More


May 06, 2019 code photo

HOW TECH COMMUNITIES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SHAPING THE INTERNET WE WANT

Mary Rose Ofianga

Being experts in the design and use of internet platforms, tech communities can provide valuable insights for policymakers on the development of… Read More


January 30, 2019 CheSnowden img

THE FIGHT FOR PRIVACY

Iness Ben Guirat

The pervasiveness of digital technology has exponentially increased the potential for intrusions into personal privacy, but users are often… Read More


December 13, 2018 emoji photo

APP SECURITY FLAWS COULD CREATE ADDED RISKS FOR LGBTQI COMMUNITIES

Eduardo Carrillo

Are apps and websites that cater to vulnerable communities failing to adequately address the inherent security risks faced by their users?

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November 29, 2018 Earth

WHAT NEXT FOR ADVOCACY AGAINST NETWORK DISRUPTIONS?

The Global Network Initiative's (GNI) David Sullivan summarizes the joint GNI and Open Internet for Democracy Initiative-led session at the 2018… Read More


October 16, 2018 Earth

WHY ARE PAKISTANIS UNABLE TO CONNECT WITH THE DIGITAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT?

ByTalal Raza

Despite the fact that nearly 50 million Pakistanis now use the internet and the number of cybercrime cases is increasing, why do some people in… Read More


February 08, 2018 Earth

IGF 2017 RECAP: WHY OPEN INTERNET MATTERS FOR DEMOCRACY

At the Internet Governance Forum, CIPE discusses inclusive online dialogue, disinformation, and democratic governance.

From the post:… Read More


December 21, 2017 Earth

WATCH THE IGF PANEL ON THREATS TO DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES ONLINE, 12/21/17

The panel will include discussions of technical censorship and throttling by ISPs, the legal implications of surveillance and cyber laws, and the… Read More


November 15, 2017 Earth

NEW CASE STUDIES HIGHLIGHT CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSES TO INTERNET THREATS

CIMA's new digital report provides on the ground examples of groups that have successfully fought for policies and norms that strengthen Internet… Read More


November 07, 2017 Earth

NEW INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS NEEDED TO PROTECT THE OPEN INTERNET

NDI requests suggestions and inputs on the draft open internet principles framework to ensure its contents are led by diverse stakeholders.

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October 26, 2017 Earth

OPEN INTERNET PRINCIPLES FOR DEMOCRACY: PUTTING MEDIA FREEDOM FRONT AND CENTER

CIMA seeks input on open internet principles for media stakeholders and real-world examples of what they look like in practice.

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September 19, 2017 Earth