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Access to the Internet
What does "Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom" mean to YOU?
“[This issue] is about whether we live on a planet with one Internet, one global community, and a common body of knowledge that benefits and unites us all, or a fragmented planet in which access to information and opportunity is dependent on where you live and the whims of censors.”—Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
Today, freedom of expression and equal access to knowledge and ideas has become synonymous with access to the Internet. As we witness on PulseWire every day, the Web has opened a new frontier for the free exchange of ideas, exposure to new markets, and global forums for building movements. Yet hundreds of thousands of people are excluded from participating—due to cost and infrastructure, threats to safety, government censorship, etc.
World Pulse invites women worldwide to share their personal testimonies on obstacles faced and risks taken in accessing the Internet to seek information, speak freely, and connect globally.
Share your personal testimony on the everyday obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet. Does expressing yourself freely put you at great risk for your personal safety? What's it like battling constant power outages or a slow connection speed? Do you pay exorbitant prices and endure harassment at local Internet cafes? Or does your country filter and block access to important information?
We also want to hear about innovative ways you're utilizing the Internet to accelerate change in your life, your community, or globally. How has the Internet made a difference in your life? What will it take to improve access in your community, and what does Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom mean to you?
The Internet has become a powerful tool to connect, inform, and empower people across the globe, and serve as a democratic source of information to facilitate social, political, and economic development. Yet many factors persist that limit hundreds of thousands of people’s access to the Internet.
In addition to problems of cost and infrastructure, some governments view the Internet and free flow of information as a threat to their control and stability, and seek to monitor, control, and limit access.
We will also use this group to share updates from the United Nations Human Rights Council, Global Internet Governance Forum, and other events, international bodies, and rights organizations working towards a safe and equal Internet.
Raise your voice and speak your truth to bring awareness to this rising, global human rights issue. Together, let's lead the conversation and ensure a gender lens on global advocacy efforts to bridge the digital divide and demand our right to access!