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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

We 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:

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    Nighat Dad

    Nighat Dad is founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, based in Lahore Pakistan.

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    Sanja Kelly

    Sanja Kelly is the director for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s assessment of global Internet freedom.

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    Mondher Laabidi

    Mondher Laabidi is the president of the Internet Society Tunisia Chapter and lead organiser of the Alliance Article 32 project.

Human Rights News

The Week in Internet News: AI Could Reshape the Music Industry, in a Good Way
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Human Rights 23 April 2018

The Week in Internet News: AI Could Reshape the Music Industry, in a Good Way

AI Hits the Right Notes: Artificial intelligence-generated music is reshaping the industry, but that’s not such a bad thing,...

The Week in Internet News: AI Goes to the Dogs
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Human Rights 16 April 2018

The Week in Internet News: AI Goes to the Dogs

Do you trust this documentary? Do You Trust This Computer? is a new documentary from filmmaker Chris Paine that’s...

Internet Shutdowns cannot be a solution to political challenges in Chad
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Human Rights 10 April 2018

Internet Shutdowns cannot be a solution to political challenges in Chad

The Internet Society is concerned with the continuous disruptions of Internet and social media services in Chad in the...

Countries Consider Penalties for Spreading ‘Fake News’
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Human Rights 4 April 2018

Countries Consider Penalties for Spreading ‘Fake News’

A handful of countries have recently considered passing new laws or regulations to combat so-called fake news, with Malaysia...

Sri Lankan Shutdown of Web-Based Services Creates Huge Social Costs
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Human Rights 26 March 2018

Sri Lankan Shutdown of Web-Based Services Creates Huge Social Costs

A recent week-long shutdown of several popular Web-based services in Sri Lanka was intended to clamp down on mob...

Short-term Internet Shutdown in Bali Tied to Holiday
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Human Rights 16 March 2018

Short-term Internet Shutdown in Bali Tied to Holiday

The Indonesian province of Bali has asked mobile providers to shut down customers’ access to the Internet during Nyepi,...

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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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