Throughout 2011, citizens across the world organized online to demand the enjoyment of their human rights, in particular the rights to opinion, expression and association. At the same time, however, varied assaults on the digital security of civil society markedly increased. Without digital security, civil society groups and human rights defenders in particular cannot act with confidence, communicate with trust, or enjoy the full constellation of human rights. Indeed, Access’s 2011 report “Global Civil Society At Risk: An Overview of Some of the Major Cyber Threats Facing Civil Society,” categorized a number of threats to digital security and the freedoms of expression, association, and access to information online.
That is why Access has submitted a number of recommendations to a Human Rights Council panel focused on “the ways and means to improve” protection of freedom of expression on the internet, scheduled to be held on February 29. This submission draws attention to the issue of digital security as a condition for individuals to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the internet.
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