We are calling for the adoption of a universal digital rights framework, rooted in human rights law and underpinned by an intersectional feminist, anti-discrimination analysis.
We therefore propose a set of Digital Principles, developed to inform global efforts towards a digital future in which everyone can enjoy equal rights to safety, freedom, and dignity.
These focus on women, girls, and other people from discriminated-against groups, who experience intersecting forms of violence, oppression, and discrimination in the real world. Because it is only when the most vulnerable in society are protected that we are all safe.
Right To Safety –
Equal protection from persecution, discrimination, and abuse
Right To Freedom –
Equal access to information, opportunity, and community
Right To Dignity –
Equal respect for privacy, identity, and self-expression
The following Digital Principles each encapsulate one or more of these rights, with colors denoting their alignment with rights to safety (blue), freedom (pink), and dignity (orange).
UNIVERSAL AND EQUAL RIGHTS
Everyone has an equal right to protection, opportunity, and respect, including in the digital realm.
PERSONAL SAFETY AND DATA PRIVACY
Everyone has a right to control information about themselves and to secure protection from digital harms.
Everyone has a right to exercise self-determination in the use of digital technologies.
DIGITAL ACCESS FOR ALL
Everyone has a right to access the digital realm and to be free to participate in digital life.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ASSOCIATION
Everyone has a right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association online.
SECURE STABLE AND RESILIANT NETWORKS
Everyone has a right to benefit from secure, stable, and resilient digital networks and technologies.
LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Everyone has a right to use any language of their choice to create and share digital information.
UNIVERSAL STANDARDS AND REGULATION
Everyone has an equal right to benefit from the development and use of digital technology.
GOOD DIGITAL GOVERNANCE
Everyone has the right to multilateral, democratic oversight of the internet and digital technologies.
We expect these Digital Principles to evolve and adapt as AUDRi grows, as we begin to incorporate more evidence and represent an even greater diversity of views and voices.
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