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Internet and Human Rights Resource Center

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

Human Rights News

ISOC Togo Chapter Calls On Togo Government to Restore Internet Access
Human Rights 7 September 2017

ISOC Togo Chapter Calls On Togo Government to Restore Internet Access

Today our Internet Society chapter in Togo issued a statement (in French) calling on the government of Togo to...

Libraries Stand for the Internet’s Future and Join the Call to End Shutdowns
Human Rights 6 September 2017

Libraries Stand for the Internet’s Future and Join the Call to End Shutdowns

Human development cannot happen without inclusive access to information. This, along with reading and applying knowledge helps us to...

The Internet Society and Wikimedia Team Up to Empower Everyday Heroes
Human Rights 2 August 2017

The Internet Society and Wikimedia Team Up to Empower Everyday Heroes

The best education materials are inclusive, equitable, and high-quality, and they promote lifelong learning. One of the best tools...

Rough Guide to IETF 99: Back to Prague
Human Rights 7 July 2017

Rough Guide to IETF 99: Back to Prague

Time to get ready for IETF 99! Starting a week from today, on Sunday, 16 July, the Internet Engineering...

12 Innovative Projects Selected for Beyond the Net Funding
Human Rights 22 June 2017

12 Innovative Projects Selected for Beyond the Net Funding

Beyond the Net Funding Programme is pleased to announce the results of our June 2017 grant application cycle. A...

“The Internet is Home” – Youth voices on why we should keep the Internet on
Human Rights 20 June 2017

“The Internet is Home” – Youth voices on why we should keep the Internet on

Last year alone, the international digital rights advocacy organization Access Now recorded 56 Internet shutdowns worldwide. There’s concern about...

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Video: Session with UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, the Internet Society hosted an exclusive online conversation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Prof. Joseph Cannataci.

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