IR introduces ‘Internet Rights Advocacy for Change (IRAC)’, a campaign to voice communities’ ‘Right to Internet’ that includes right to access internet; right to privacy; and right to information to cyber law, cyber security, government measures & control. Through IRAC, we seek to create awareness for IR (Internet Rights) to each part of society, including grassroots. To objectify IRAC’s vision, IR plans to act on:
- To spread words to support equal access to internet as basic human right through expert advocacy, polling to raise voice, personal interviews, mass campaigns etc.
- To create even opportunities to the most unprivileged part of the community in terms of Internet access
- To interact with communities directly or indirectly about their issues and allow them to bring ideas for development
- To work as one of the platforms drawing attentions of the world to the most crucial issues of the communities and provide timely solutions
Through multidisciplinary research, intervention, and collaboration, we seek to explore, understand, and affect the shape and form of the internet and its relationship with political, social, cultural and economic milieu of times. Therefore we are creating a network of organizations that have collaborative approach towards developing a uniform framework around – Internet as a basic human right; Access to information; and Exercising internet freedom and to bring common voice around it to present at India’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2016.
About UPR: The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.