Cities Coalition for Digital Rights

Description / Objectives

Protecting and promoting people’s digital rights at a global level.

Digital rights are like human rights, but in the world of the internet and digital technology. Due to the acceleration in the adoption of current technologies, it is harder and harder to guarantee protection of individual's rights, such as privacy.

It is not unusual to hear that thousands of e-mail access passwords have been stolen, that social media companies are selling personal details to other companies or that our communications are monitored and controlled.

In 2018, Barcelona created - alongside New York and Amsterdam - the alliance to protect the digital rights of individuals on a global scale: the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, born with the intention of proposing laws, tools and resources to protect both residents and visitors.

 

These cities have also signed a statement, which prioritises five principles:

1.     Equal and universal access to Internet and computer literacy

2.     Privacy, data protection and security

3.     Transparency, accountability and non-discrimination in data, content and algorithms

4.     Participatory democracy, diversity, and inclusion

5.     Open and ethical digital service standards

Each city involved in the coalition has put into practice measures to protect and promote the digital rights of their citizens and visitors. Barcelona has Decidim Barcelona, the Open Data Portal, the first Data Director and takes part in the European DECODE project, which allows city residents to control their personal details.

The City Council is also committed to working towards technology sovereignty and has launched a Manifesto for the defense of digital rights.

News

Boosting digital rights to ensure the right to participation, transparency and access to cultural content

Fri, 18/11/2022 - 14:15

Boosting digital rights to ensure the right to participation, transparency and access to cultural content

Biennial of Thought 2022: activities, participants and calendar

Wed, 14/09/2022 - 12:03

Biennial of Thought. Over sixty debates and activities with nearly 200 participants from national and international realms, from 11 to 16 October.

Website programming training to promote labour insertion for vulnerable women

Tue, 23/08/2022 - 11:00

Employment. The BCNFemTech programme achieved 72% labour insertion in its first three editions.

Barcelona Metròpolis - Digital divides

Supporting people with the digitalisation process in order to narrow down the digital divide

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 08:00

Internet access is not enough in our digital society. There are other barriers that can hinder people's ability to exercise their rights and take advantage of opportunities. Digital divides and how to overcome it in 'Barcelona Metropolis'.

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