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….

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 the exercise of human rights 

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APC Capacity Building Workshop – Movement Building, Advocacy, and Communication Strategies

23 -28 November 2016 Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Digital Citizen Summit

Individual Rights, Liberty and the Digital Space: Strengthening Democracy in South Asia
Venue: Royal Orchid Hotel, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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Press Release on Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 Urges the Ministry of Home Affairs

Geospatial Draft Bill is draconian in its present form. DEF urges the Ministry of Home Affairs to drop the bill and if a reviewed draft is envisioned, it should be drafted in line with Digital India initiatives, which would encourage Indian citizens and start-ups to use geospatial data in everyday lives. We also urge that the draft must align with International Standards on surveillance, privacy and security of personal data. Read More

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


The balance between state powers and rights of citizens has always been the symbol of democracy.  With the advent of the internet, the rights of exercising free speech, expression, associate and assemble have become much easier. In this age, it is important to track violations of these rights as they affect individuals, organisations and groups across the country.

Internet Rights Violations Map Under Construction.

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