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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

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!
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Human Rights 14 September 2018

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is pleased to announce the results of our 2018 grant cycle. A total...

Future Thinking: Arnaud Castaignet on Estonia’s e-citizenship
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Human Rights 8 June 2018

Future Thinking: Arnaud Castaignet on Estonia’s e-citizenship

Last year, the Internet Society unveiled the 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The interactive report identifies...

Building the Digital Silk Road Together: Kyrgyz Chapter Proposes Ideas for Internet Development in Central Asia at Cambridge University Forum
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Human Rights 22 May 2018

Building the Digital Silk Road Together: Kyrgyz Chapter Proposes Ideas for Internet Development in Central Asia at Cambridge University Forum

Central Asia, the most remote landlocked mountainous region in the world, has some of the most expensive Internet in...

Together Let’s #SwitchItOn and #KeepItOn! The Internet Society Releases Joint Statement with Access Now
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Human Rights 16 May 2018

Together Let’s #SwitchItOn and #KeepItOn! The Internet Society Releases Joint Statement with Access Now

We are proud to stand together with Access Now in our belief that a globally connected, secure and trusted...

Joint Statement: Let’s #SwitchItOn and #KeepitOn!
Statements 16 May 2018

Joint Statement: Let’s #SwitchItOn and #KeepitOn!

The Internet is changing our world. It can empower us. It can connect us and facilitate information exchange across borders....

Internet Companies Have More Work to Do on Privacy, Freedom of Expression, Report Says
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Human Rights 15 May 2018

Internet Companies Have More Work to Do on Privacy, Freedom of Expression, Report Says

Top Internet, mobile, and telecom companies across the globe still have many steps they could take to better protect...

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How to start a Special Interest Group The application and charter process is the same as for Internet Society Chapters, so...

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What is an Internet Society Chapter? Internet Society Chapters are communities of like-minded people who work together to run...

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So you’ve decided you want to start a new Internet Society Chapter – great news! Before you start, it’s...

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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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