The second aspect of the IMPACT project is capacity building among stakeholders within India to recognize, allow and promote the use of ICT to advance democracy and human rights, specifically FoE and FOI

The capacity-building efforts include:

Awareness: Build awareness among target groups of the critical importance of protecting and promoting human rights on the internet as a pre-condition for democracy and the exercise of civil and political rights.
Implementation: Strengthen understanding among target groups of how restrictions of human rights on the internet are implemented (including the rights to freedom of expression, privacy, and freedom of assembly), how these rights are being threatened at technical and regulatory levels by both States and corporations, and what techniques they can use to communicate more securely and safely online.
Knowledge and Tools to uphold FoE: Provide human rights defenders (our primary target groups) with knowledge, tools and support to respond to rights violations and advocate for the long term protection of human rights on the internet.
Promote multi-stakeholder approach to building networks: Facilitate and support multi-stakeholder networks that can respond to threats to human rights on the internet and build stronger human rights cultures on the internet in each of the three countries.




Mr Pransanto Kumar Roy , Editorial Advisor, Cybermedia

“Social media as a strong technology platform to improve the community interaction but awareness of Social media usage in the Rural areas and grassroots. Social Media is not only about Facebook, twitter and Google+ but few inter messaging systems has also become the faster channel for youth to activate the communication anytime at an open fire speed like interactive mobile services (whatsapp, Blackberry messanger etc).”

Ms. Chinmayi Arun, Asst. Prof at National Law University in Delhi & Fellow at the Centre for Interne

“The fact that this right (Right to freedom of speech) is posing huge threats to our right to privacy is very true. Recently enough the govt. has been trying to address the issue by setting up the panels for cyber security and demanding content and clarifications from a number of companies. Also provisions are now being made to ensure that some part of internet infrastructure should be made by Indian manufacturers.

Ms. Mishi Choudhary, Director of International Practice – Software Freedom Law Center

“Use of Internet is universal and the urge to control it is as universal. It is more about citizens who are using the service via different mediums and thus they should have a stake in it. Again the knee jerk responses we see by the governments across the globe occur because their citizens have tasted freedom in the recent past only be it via Internet or any other medium. Different countries have their own ways of handling issues so it cannot be simply said that there is a tradeoff between cyber security.

Mr Subhranshu Choudhury, Founder, CG Netswara

“We just don’t need our content to go viral, we need internet connectivity. A lady at Jharkhand village who has some ground level issues, needs her voice to be listened. It takes time in remote areas to get technology work, unlike Delhi it took me six months to get an internet connection in Bhopal. I request if we can make some collaboration, sit and work together and find some good learning and share with people that will be great.”

Ms Sher Bano, Blogger, Pakistan

“I am a guest blogger at New York times and I have been blogging about different social issues in Pakistan. I have faced challenges working with tribal areas in Pakistan as the community is little conservative in terms of being social but gradually we see them growing. In our community, people now are pushing the girls from the region to come out and do something to improve community. Our community is now evolving with time, with social media and we are coming out of the box and going global as well. Social Media Campaigns play important roles, this is slow now but for me it is bringing the change.”

Mr Subho Ray, President, Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)

“RTI is a tedious process, however, the government has given timeline of receiving RTI status of 1 month but the process is not been followed by intermediaries who process the RTI applications. Thus, applicants wait for months long just to know the status of their RTI applications. There should be uniform policy within inside the government departments, organisations and agencies that entire information should be disseminated publically.”

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DIT, Govt. of India

“In current situation, most of debates are because of the National Policy on Telecom which largely talks about security and regulation aspects of IT and openness of it. However, there is National Open Policy, approved by the cabinet in the last month, refers to disapprobation on RTI and making entire content online. But it could not be possible until and unless proper infrastructure is available. The government, industry players and civil society groups collectively have to play their respective roles.