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Internet And Human Rights Resource Center

Internet And Human Rights Resource Center

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The Internet Society believes that people deserve to have their rights protected on the Internet as well as offline.

We believe in the power of the Internet to bring all of us closer together. Whether people use the Internet to create powerful apps, find information, buy and sell things, or even just stay in touch with their family and friends — it’s important we all have the freedom to do any of these of things online.

Here you can find out more about what ISOC does, as well as find other groups researching and fighting for an open Internet.

Featured Profile: Mishi Choudhary

Mishi ChoudharyWe regularly ask people in the field of Internet and Rights about their projects, hopes and fears for online freedoms.
In this feature, learn more about Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director at the Software Freedom Law Center, and the situation of Internet shutdowns in India.

Previous profiles:

Nighat Dad, Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, based in Lahore Pakistan.
Sanja Kelly, Director Freedom on the Net report, Freedom House
Mondher Laabidi, President of the Internet Society Tunisia Chapter and lead organiser of the Alliance Article 32 initiative

Blog Posts & Articles

“The Internet is Home” – Youth voices on why we should keep the Internet on
At the June 2017 Africa Internet Summit held in Nairobi, the Internet Society reached out to a delegation of youth: students, lawyers, bloggers, and small business owners worked together to identify reasons to keep the Internet on.
Find out which are 'Top Ten reasons we should #KeepItOn' for African youth.

The future of the free press is at risk: encryption is part of the solution (article on Huffington Post)
In today’s environment, where trust in online information is at an all-time low, we need free, safe and independent journalists more than ever. We all have a role to play, and encryption is one step to take us there.

Jakarta Declaration Calls on Governments to Support Encryption to Protect Free Press

The Jakarta Declaration calls on governments to support encryption and on all journalists to use encryption to protect their research, their communications, their sources, and themselves. This is an important and positive signal to the international community.

Flipping the Kill Switch: Internet Restrictions Becoming the New Normal (article on CircleID)
The Internet was built on the promise that everyone, everywhere could create, share information and ideas without frontiers. Yet, Internet restrictions are increasing to the point they are becoming the norm. And it's happening fast.

Shield and Sword - 10 tips to protect yourself online

To mark this year’s International Data Privacy Day, the Internet Society would like to share with you 10 tips to protect yourself online.

Encryption is key for a trusted Internet

Internet access with strong end-to-end encryption is critical in today's world where cyber threats of all kinds are on the rise. The more of us who start to use encryption, the more trustworthy the Internet becomes since communication channels become safer.

The long decline of online freedom
According to Freedom House’s 2016 report, freedom on the internet is in its sixth year of decline. What’s going on?

Blog posts on Internet Shutdowns

Internet Shutdowns Are Not a Solution to Africa’s Challenges
The Internet is the hope of many Africans, and more particularly its youth, and we should all work so that it is available for them all the time to create a better future for them and for Africa.

Internet Society Deeply Concerned About Internet Blocking in Venezuela
On May 13th, Venezuela issued the Presidential Decree no. 2849, which authorizes the content filtering and surveillance on the Internet. The Internet is a global, distributed, and decentralized network of networks. We urge all parties involved to uphold the core principles of global interoperability and openness of the Internet. 

Digital India threatened by Internet shutdowns
The government of Narendra Modi has set out ambitious goals for the digitalization of India, through a program called Digital India. It is hard to see this program get fully realized when state or local governments keep turning the Internet off.

Tell Policy Makers to Think Twice Before Blocking Content or Flipping the Internet Kill Switch
Restrictions to Internet access are on the rise globally. Before they take action, governments need to #ThinkTwice: Internet shutdowns and content filtering are not the answer, they must #KeepItOn!

Read more blog posts about Human Rights on the Internet

Featured Reports and Data

Weighing The Impact of Network Shutdowns and Service Restrictions
Find out how the network shutdowns impact our society.

The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship
The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship discusses the tempering of increased communications encryption through pressure on major content providers and governmental expansion of content restriction.

Internet Society Perspectives on Internet Content Blocking: An Overview (March 2017)
The use of Internet blocking by governments to prevent access to illegal content is a worldwide and growing trend. The goal of this paper is to provide a technical assessment of different methods of blocking Internet content, including how well each method works and what are the pitfalls and problems associated with each.

UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy: March 2017 report
In this new report, the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy focuses on governmental surveillance activities from a national and international perspective.

Freedom House: Freedom on the Net Report 2016
The 2016 Freedom on the Net report finds internet freedom around the world in decline for a sixth consecutive year with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during anti-government protests.

Get more reports, data and submissions


Internet Society Policy Brief on Internet and Human Rights
Decision by governments, businesses, and tech all matter when it comes people's ability to realize basic human rights online. We believe that policy and decision makers must champion trust, the principal of an open Internet, and listen to those who have a stake in the Internet and how it develops.

Internet shutdowns

Common Statement By AF* on Internet Shutdowns in Africa (June 2017)

AFRINIC Board statement on keeping the Internet open to everyone (April 2017)

The Freedom Online Coalition: Joint Statement on State Sponsored Network Disruptions (March 2017)

Let's Keep The Internet On For Everyone (ISOC statement on Internet shutdowns) (February 2017)

Internet Society statement on Internet shutdowns (January 2017)

Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns (July 2016)

Video Feature: Session with UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy

Online Poll

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