About the Digital Freedoms project

IDEA has launched a new microsite for the Digital Freedoms project, aiming to increase awareness and discussion around issues related to human rights, freedom of expression, access to knowledge and information and government transparency in the digital age.

Participants of the 2013 IDEA Global Youth Forum, debaters, students and educators from around the world can now access our new resource area on Digital Freedoms to find:

  • Debatabase articles for dozens of topics related to digital freedoms, with arguments for and against written by expert debaters
  • Our background paper on the digital freedoms topic for coaches and participants of our 2012/13 projects
  • Further reading and useful links to discover more about digital freedoms
  • A news aggregator with the latest on issues such as intellectual property and freedom of speech online
  • Coming soon: Recorded lectures and talks by digital freedoms academics and experts

About the project

Thanks to a grant from the Open Society Foundations, IDEA-UK will run a year- long educational project focusing on young people (secondary school and university students) internationally, aiming at engaging them in the process of learning and discussion about digital rights and freedoms. The project aims at making the discussion of digital rights and freedoms more accessible to the young people, who often do not have the experience or knowledge to understand issues related to access to knowledge, intellectual property reform, open government, free expression and privacy. Often, debates about these issues use technical terms and are shaped for limited audiences, minimising awareness about legislation and developments that affect the lives of millions around the world.

The project aims:

  • To increase awareness, understanding and knowledge on issues related to digital freedoms
  • To make the issues surrounding access to knowledge, intellectual property reform, open science, transparency and new technology, free expression and privacy accessible to wider audiences
  • To create educational spaces where users from all over the world can be exposed to expert opinions and background information on subjects related to digital freedoms
  • To foster discussion online and offline and to trigger action by youth groups and NGOs to bring about meaningful change in the area of digital freedoms
  • To provide young people with the tools to critically assess policy in the area of digital freedom in academic, journalistic, professional and other contexts