Digital Empowerment Foundation is majorly concerned with the human rights, internet rights and making the internet an effective tool to access right to information in India. DEF believes that the internet plays a major role in accessing information and thus a tool for social and economic development. The “Internet Rights” is an initiative through which DEF is consistently making an effort to make Internet as a medium to reach the masses, to create even opportunities and linkages between haves and have-nots so that the grassroots knowledge reaches the economic prosperity and vice versa through information communication technology and digital media. Through its initiative “Internet Rights” , DEF is constantly making an effort to support and encourage internet as ‘a basic human right’.

Demonetisation & Push to Digital Payments in India: Violation of Human Rights?

This blog hopes to explore the recent demonetisation drive in India through a human rights lens and place the drive as well subsequent push….

Recommendations – India’s third UPR cycle, 2017

 India UPR 2017 Coalition Recommendations on Internet Rights and Human Rights (One Pager)
Highlights specific issues of Network Shutdowns, Access, Privacy and Violence against Women
Towards UN Working Group 27th Session in May 2017, Geneva

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Workshop on ‘Proactive Mandatory Disclosures and building of Janta Information Systems’

21 -22 April 2017
Venue: Population Foundation of India

Public Discussion on ‘Access Denied: Internet Shutdowns in a Digital India’

Venue: Hauz Khas Social, 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
April 24, 2017 (Monday) at 6.00 PM


Coalition Report – India’s third UPR cycle, 2017

DEF has Submitted its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Contribution for India’s Third UPR cycle, 2017, to the UNHRC. This Joint Submission Presents an Overview of the Status of Internet Rights and Human Rights Online

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Our stance on Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a universal concept where Telecom Service Provider as an access provider has no right to select services, applications and content that consumers want to access. It is consumer/user’s right to select services, applications and content that they want to access. It functions under the basic assumption that all data is created equal and that positive or negative discrimination of data of a certain type or from a particular provider or service cannot take place. The Telecom Regulatory… Read More

The Internet rights are human rights (IRHR) curriculum

The Internet rights are human rights (IRHR) is a series of training modules concerned with the relationship between human rights, ICTs and the internet. These modules are intended to help those who work on human rights and/or ICTs, and others with an interest in the issues, to understand ways in which the internet is affecting the enjoyment and protection of rights – now and in the future – and explore how these affect their work. These modules have been commissioned..Read More

Internet Shutdowns in India

An Internet shutdown takes place when Internet Service Providers are instructed to snap 2G, 3G, GPRS, lease line /or broadband services in specified regions by the State. Since 2012, India has witnessed 63 internet shutdowns according to our research. These shutdowns are undemocratic and violate freedom of expression, association; and assembly. This map, a work in progress, aims to visually explore the shutdowns and provide sources for the collected information.

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The IMPACT Team authored a report exploring the phenomenon of virtual curfews in India. Read the Report here