This course offers an introduction to internet shutdowns, including an overview of the shutdown problem and examples of different ways governments shut down the internet and other communications channels. It will examine how internet shutdowns exacerbate human rights abuses and interfere with democratic processes. The course looks into who is fighting back and multi-stakeholder advocacy strategies used by the global #KeepItOn coalition to end internet shutdowns.
About this course:
This course is designed to equip advocates, activists, campaigners, lawyers, human rights defenders, individuals, and journalists with a general understanding of what an internet shutdown is, where they happen, and under what circumstances.
What do I learn:
This introductory course is intended to provide human rights defenders, journalists, activists, and individuals with an overview of what internet shutdowns are, why and when they happen, and which organizations are working on the internet shutdowns issue. It will also discuss the challenges of mitigating internet shutdowns and censorship and how internet disruptions can impact democracy.
What do I need to know:
This course is useful for anyone with an interest in understanding the basics of internet shutdowns, why and how they happen, and how to push back against them.
Access Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, legal interventions, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age.
Felicia Anthonio works with Access Now as #KeepItOn Campaign Manager – leading a global campaign that unites over 280 organizations around the world working to fight against internet shutdowns. Before joining Access Now, she was a Programme Associate at the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) where she coordinated the African Freedom of Expression Exchange.
1.1 Introduction to the course
1.2 The facts on internet shutdowns
1.3 How internet shutdowns harm human rights?
1.4 Quiz - The basics of internet shutdowns
1.5 History of internet shutdowns - From Egypt to Myanmar
2.1 Defining internet shutdowns (#KeepItOn definition)
2.2 Technical means to shutdown the internet
2.3 Quiz - Am I experiencing an internet shutdown
3.1 Why internet shutdowns are a barrier to elections
3.2 Civil unrest, protests and shutdowns
3.3 What activists need to know
3.4 Case study - Susan Mwape, Common Cause Zambia Case study
3.5 Quiz - activity
3.6 Cuba Case Study - Norges Rodríguez, Yucabyte
4.1 Tips for planning for shutdowns during elections and civil unrest
4.2 About the #KeepItOn Coalition
4.3 Internet shutdown monitoring tools
4.4 Liaising with national and International institutions over shutdowns
Central Asian Network of Internet Activists (CANIA) is a network of dedicated researchers and activists with a passion for digital rights, security, and development. Originating from Central Asia, they understand the challenges of internet accessibility and the pivotal role of the internet in economic advancement. CANIA’s efforts centre around increasing awareness of pressing issues like data privacy, internet accessibility, digital literacy... read more.
On February 3, Senegal’s President Macky Sall announced a delay of the much-anticipated presidential elections, originally planned for February 25, in what some are calling a “constitutional coup.” Protests erupted, and the government imposed a mobile internet shutdown. Read more...
In 2023, Advocacy Assembly's Shutdown Academy made significant progress in advancing digital rights and combating internet shutdowns globally. We are proud to share with you the key milestones and initiatives that shaped our year, highlighting the activities that we have done over the past year.
Due to the overwhelming demand for the first AA-ISA Mentored Training Program, we have decided to run the program again from February through April 2024. The program will provide support and community guidance as you go through the ten Advocacy Assembly Internet Shutdown Academy courses, as well as opportunities to engage with mentors, experts, and funders.
Have you ever asked yourself how the internet shapes your life?
It's a question we rarely pause to consider, yet the internet has become so woven into our everyday lives. From education and communication to commerce and entertainment, the internet facilitates a vast array of activities that enrich our lives. But what happens when this vital lifeline is suddenly cut off?