Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), India project partner of APC-IMPACT is working to promote and protect human rights online in India. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the protection of Human Rights; as guaranteed in various national and international mechanisms, in the digital space. Promoting and protecting right to Freedom of Expression (FoE); Right to Privacy (RTP) and Right to Information (RTI) are the core working areas under this project. One of the primary activities under this project is to create & strengthen a network of human rights organisations, activists & defenders who would collectively address issues surrounding various “online human rights” violations specifically focusing on FoE, RTP and RTI.
Curriculum for the IRHR Workshop with Human Rights Defenders
DEF conducted a four day residential workshop on the IRHR curriculum and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Advocacy. This training was specifically targeted towards human rights defenders. The aim was to raise awareness about the impact of the internet on their work, increase the levels of accountability mechanisms for internet related rights violations, and advance agendas that improve conditions for the respect and application of human rights online.
In brief, the curriculum included the areas mentioned below:
- Importance of ICT tools and the preeminence of access to ICT tools and the internet
- Deconstruction of Human Rights and Internet Rights
- Contextualizing FoE, RTP, RTI and Access in the online space
- Comparative trends in FoE, RTP and RTI (India and International)
- Right to Privacy online for HRDs
- Unlawful surveillance of telecommunications
- Digital security practices for HRDs
- Censorship and access to the Internet
- UPR Process and injecting internet rights into the UPR advocacy process
About the IRHR Workshop Series
The APC-IMPACT team has already organized five Internet Rights Are Human Rights (IRHR) workshops with the grassroots communities to help citizens understand their rights, roles and responsibilities, and protection mechanisms against security threats in the digital age. The project has also incorporated the IRHR curriculum into trainings with grassroots NGOs and DEF centres, and is conducting lectures and workshops with academic institutions. Recently, we presented the Feminist Principles of the Internet at Avadh Girls’ Degree College in Lucknow, India. In this next phase, DEF will conduct IRHR trainings with human rights defenders, For India, it is necessary to complement government and civil society efforts around digital literacy training by adding digital citizenship and security to the IRHR curriculum across all levels.
Training Dates: 3rd-6th February 2016
Venue: United Service Institution of India, Rao Tula Ram Marg, opposite Signals Enclave, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi-110057.
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