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.


New boost for the Decidim platform

Thu, 18/02/2021 - 17:54

Participation. The City Council, the Catalan government and the Associació Decidim sign a collaboration agreement to drive democratic participation with open technologies.


Citizen participation goes digital during the pandemic

Wed, 17/02/2021 - 14:31

Participation. The Decidim Barcelona digital municipal platform has quadrupled its user base.

Congress on digital skills in times of the pandemic

Fri, 12/02/2021 - 11:16

Digital rights. The congress is being held in a virtual format on 18 February.

canòdrom Meridiana

The Canòdrom becomes a centre for digital and democratic innovation

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 10:46

Digital rights. The centre is intended as a reference facility for citizen participation in the city and to add vitality to the neighbourhood of El Congrés i els Indians.


Fira "In(3D)ustry"

Del 23/03/2021 al 26/03/2021
Av Joan Carles I 64 (Hospitalet llobregat)

Congrés "Smart Mobility Congress"

Del 16/11/2021 al 18/11/2021
Av Joan Carles I 64 (Hospitalet llobregat)
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