Digital rights

The Internet is the most disruptive communication technology of our time, revolutionising the free flow of information between individuals by offering anyone with an Internet connection the ability to gather and share information and ideas. Yet the technologies that make this possible can also be used to limit access to information through content blocking and full-scale Internet shutdowns, or stifle expression through surveillance on a scale previously unimaginable.

In recent years, States have adopted myriad laws to regulate content online, increasingly putting pressure on private actors to censor content which they deem illegal or simply “harmful.” Much of the world’s online content is now regulated by the community standards and algorithms of a handful of Internet companies, whose operations and processes lack transparency. Internet users’ right to free expression is easily subject to abuse in this regulatory environment, the complexity of which is compounded by the fact that the Internet is a public space built on decentralized private infrastructure. Though often described as neutral or apolitical, standard-setting bodies and infrastructure providers wield great influence by determining what is or is not possible on the Internet.

The open flow of information has been key to the Internet’s transformative effect in modern society. In order to safeguard its benefits, the right to free expression must be defended when addressing issues of content and defining the technical management of the Internet’s architecture.

Joint letter to the EU’s Commission: a call to include interoperability provisions in the Digital Services Act
04.08.2020 1 min read

Joint letter to the EU’s Commission: a call to include interoperability provisions in the Digital Services Act

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UK: ARTICLE 19’s response to CMA’s call for Information on Digital Markets Taskforce
03.08.2020 1 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19’s response to CMA’s call for Information on Digital Markets Taskforce

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03.08.2020 22 min read

Human Rights NGOs in Coalition Letter to GIFCT

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US: What does the “Big Four” hearing tell us about  antitrust law and expression?
31.07.2020 9 min read

US: What does the “Big Four” hearing tell us about antitrust law and expression?

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Somalia: End politically motivated attacks on journalists, and dangerous internet shut-downs
30.07.2020 5 min read

Somalia: End politically motivated attacks on journalists, and dangerous internet shut-downs

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US: ARTICLE 19 files amicus brief over sacking of Open Technology Fund Leadership
28.07.2020 2 min read

US: ARTICLE 19 files amicus brief over sacking of Open Technology Fund Leadership

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Turkey: New Internet law threatens freedom of expression online
28.07.2020 4 min read

Turkey: New Internet law threatens freedom of expression online

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HRC44: UN resolution on freedom of opinion and expression
22.07.2020 16 min read

HRC44: UN resolution on freedom of opinion and expression

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Cambodia: Joint open letter calling for foreign governments to promote respect for human rights in Cambodia
21.07.2020 2 min read

Cambodia: Joint open letter calling for foreign governments to promote respect for human rights in Cambodia

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