Internet Governance and Internet Freedom
2016 - 2020
Our program benefits everyone who uses digital and online spaces, especially those who experience limitations to access and the basic right to free expression.
We support organizations and local leaders in creating solutions to improve internet governance and freedom. Building the capacity of organizations and local leaders to influence and advocate for policies that protect a free and open internet.
Initially, our program will focus on Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
Building the capacity of organizations and local leaders to influence and advocate for policies that protect a free and open internet.
A free, open, and accessible internet for all is essential for any healthy, thriving society. An open internet strengthens civic engagement, improves livelihoods, and promotes transparency and accountability. The increasing shift of political and social debates to online platforms has led to a corresponding rise by restrictive governments around the world to use the internet as tool to silence dissent, promote violence, and threaten basic human rights.
Ensuring the internet remains open and accessible is necessary to strengthen democratic engagement, ensure social inclusion, and equal participation in the global economy. Counterpart’s Internet Governance & Internet Freedom program will build the capacity of civil society organizations, human rights activists and independent media outlets to improve government internet policy and citizen security.
Our focus is on strengthening the technical capacity of local leaders and organizations to create local solutions that will improve internet freedom and governance. We will initially focus our efforts in Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe to:
Specific program goals and outcomes will be designed as program partners are identified and participants share the most pressing needs facing their communities. Expected program impacts include:
Our project worked closely with activists, researchers, academics, and change-makers to design a safe, inclusive, and open cyber space. Here is a list of our publications:
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID).