December 10th marks International Human Rights Day
This year’s theme will focus on inclusion and the right to participation in public life.
In just a few years, the Internet has emerged as a major platform for communication and expression, amplifying the voices of more than two billion people across the world.
Designed as an open, decentralized tool that empowers users at a grassroots level, there’s no denying that the Internet transformed our world.
The open and global network offers you that chance to be a part of public matters and provides a platform for you to help influence the decisions that shape your communities.
It has given a voice to the voiceless, pushed the boundaries of human innovation, built new communities, and helped them flourish in a way that was previously unimagined
This year we have a chance to celebrate the Internet as a tool that’s helped enable universal rights such as freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in the conduct of public affairs (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
So no matter where you’re from, what your abilities are, or what you believe in – on December 10th remind the world that the Internet can help make your voice count.
Join our Thunderclap and make your voice count!
The Internet Society is lending its support to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to remind everyone their voice counts.
On December 10th pledge your support and join thousands of people around the world and make your voice count by saying something together.
By joining forces we’ll send out a single message, at the exact same time, across social media.
What our Chapters have to say
We asked our Internet Society Chapters from around the world to give us a better understanding of how their governments are providing opportunities to participate in public life thought the use of the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies.
Want to know more?
- Blog post: The Internet and the right to participate in public life: amplifying voices
- Read some of the background on Human Rights Day and how the Internet can help you be heard