Digital Freedoms Lab

We suggest that we should view the digital future of Belarus through the prism of human rights, taking them into account and observing them while developing and implementing policies, laws and instruments.

What are we doing

Digital freedoms go broader than simply information and technical security. The notion encompasses the directions that are almost ignored in Belarus. These are the topics like Internet governance, freedom of information online, electronic governance, access to information of the public sector, free licenses, privacy on the web, the protection of personal data and massive indiscriminate surveillance over users.

We suggest that we should view the digital future of Belarus through the prism of human rights, taking them into account and observing them while developing and implementing policies, laws and instruments. Now the questions of state policy in these spheres are being discussed and regulated without the participation of the civil society. We aim to change the approach, promoting the idea of multi-actor participation of the government, businesses and the civil society.

Considering the sphere of digital freedoms, we believe it is important not only to talk about them by ourselves, but also to create conditions for a dialogue for all parties concerned. Trying to regulate the Internet, the state needs to realize and borrow the international experience, comprehend the context, hold preliminary research and take into account the interest of citizens and other actors.

 

Digital Freedoms Lab

Right to Internet

If the Internet is such an important catalyst for the implementation of human rights, should access to the Internet be a right in its own name?
Digital Freedoms Lab

Urgent appeal concerning Internet service disruptions in Belarus in the context of the presidential elections of 9 August 2020

We, the undersigned NGOs, bring the information on the disruptions of Internet services in Minsk and other cities of the Republic of Belarus, in the context of the presidential elections of 9 August 2020 to the attention of the mandate holders. After setting out the general context of the limitations on freedom of expression, this […]
Digital Freedoms Lab

Human rights groups appeal to President of Belarus to #KeepItOn during elections

Access Now, together with 39 other international rights groups and partners in Belarus, is urgently calling on President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure that internet access in Belarus remains open, accessible and secure during the presidential elections on August 9, 2020.
Digital Freedoms Lab

#KeepItOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the presidential elections in Belarus

Re: Internet access will ensure increased participation and transparency in Belarus presidential elections  Your Excellency Alyaksandar Lukashenka,  President of the Republic of Belaus  Prospekt Pobeditelei 12 Minsk, Belarus CC: Minister of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus Kаnstantsin Shulhan; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Uladzimir Makei; Chairperson of Belarus’ Central Election Commission, […]
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