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’.

DEF’s comments on Data protection in India

DEF responds to the white paper released by Srikrishna Committee on Data Protection

and asks for a robust law to protect the most vulnerable.

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Digital Citizen Summit

Session on Internet Shutdowns

Organised By: DEF and SFLC.in

September 22nd, 12:00-13:00


DEF’s Position on Implications of Aadhaar in India

DEF’s stand on Aadhaar stems from the many incidents of social exclusion that Aadhaar has caused to those who need government subsidies the most.

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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 116 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.