The Internet has been key to providing a voice for those who have been ignored by the traditional media streams. While those groups have been able to enjoy free expression and an exchange of ideas. Yet around the world, governments are trying to limit individuals access to the web.
In the wake of the European Commission’s dangerous proposal to require user-generated content platforms to filter user uploads for copyright infringement, European digital rights advocates are calling on Internet users throughout Europe to stand up for freedom of expression online by urging their MEP (Member of European Parliament) to stop the #CensorshipMachine and “save the meme.”
November 22, 2016 was a holiday at Israeli startup Hola. The company, which develops Internet browser add-ons aimed at making almost any content accessible to every surfer in every country, in the belief that access should be absolutely unrestricted, reached 100 million users. "Hola! 100,000,000!" was written in large letters on the walls of Hola's Netanya offices. Even a dog belonging to one of the employees expressed his delight.
The inclusion of “civil society”—an umbrella group of activists, advocates, not-for-profit organizations, and even the academia—in Internet governance ranks among the most significant achievements of this decade in international relations. For a while, it appeared the “global, multistakeholder community” that drove normative processes like the 2014 NetMundial conference in Brazil, would stitch together rules for managing the global commons of cyberspace.