About Digital Freedoms

Digital freedoms is a project by IDEA and the OSF Information program to engage young people in discussions about digital freedoms. It highlights issues of access to knowledge and information, freedom of expression, governmental transparency, intellectual property, and privacy.

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Latest Debates

This House believes German prosecutors should investigate NSA surveillance of Angela Merkel

In October it was revealed that the United States’ National Security Agency had bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s telephone calls and had been spying on her since 2002[1] –...
23 Jan 2014

This House believes that the traditional university will be replaced by online learning

2011 – 2012 has seen a great proliferation in MOOCs, or massive open online courses, which made university subjects available free of charge to anyone on the internet. MOOCs are generally...
6 Jan 2014

This House would consider a large scale cyber attack an act of war

A cyber attack is an attack on computer based systems to sabotage them or to spy on others, through such means as viruses, hacking, denial-of-service attacks (i.e. DoS - making the network resource...
3 Jan 2014

This House believes in the Right to be forgotten

The right to be forgotten is a right to have one's digital footprint erased from the internet. This               ...
6 Dec 2013

This House would require government to obtain warrants to access data that can be used to track an individual

For the summer of 2013, the question of security versus privacy was debated and discussed all around the world, due to the leaks about intelligence agencies surveillance systems provided by Edward...
18 Oct 2013

This House would join Facebook.

Despite launching as recently as 2004 Facebook has quickly become the biggest social network on the internet. It has more than a billion members of whom half log in daily.
11 Oct 2013

This House would create an international treaty/ban on cyber-attacks

The first thing to note here is that we are not considering a broad brush treaty on internet governance that covers all sorts of questions such as who creates domain names as such an agreement would...
23 Aug 2013

Video Debates

London riots

Governments should be able to block Twitter during riots

IDEA London's office is hosting a series of debates on Digital Freedom, featuring experienced debaters from the UK circuit on topics that examine the role of technology and social media in modern societies.
7 Feb 2013
Violent video game

Violent video games should be banned

The demo debate between six of the international trainers at the 2013 IDEA Asia Youth Forum in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.
12 April 2013
Violent video game

Internet access should be considered a fundamental human right

Trainers and staff demonstrate the British Parliamentary format at the 2013 IDEA Asia Youth Forum in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.
26 April 2013


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26 Jun 2015
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10 Jun 2015
IDEA UK has been working with the Free Speech Debate a...
4 Sep 2014
The statement Last week, the Attorney-General for England...
9 Dec 2013