digital rights

The term digital rights describes the human rights that allow individuals to access, use, create, and publish digital media or to access and use computers, other electronic devices, or communications networks. The term is particularly related to the protection and realization of existing rights, such as the right to privacy or freedom of expression, in the context of new digital technologies, especially the Internet. Internet access is recognised as a right by the laws of several countries.


The Dutch Privacy Awards were presented during the National Privacy Conference, with an incentive award for PublicSpaces.


Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York City formally launched the 'Cities Coalition for Digital Rights' protecting citizens digital rights.


In het Digital Identity Lab Waag is exploring, researching and testing new ways of digital identity concept and tools.


The European Parliament has voted in favour of the new Copyright Directive in September, a controversial piece of legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the internet age.


After WhatsApp implemented their groundbreaking default end-to-end encryption, it a took politicians, right wing opinion makers and likeminded NGO’s some time to get their act together. Hadn’t Snowden and his likes clearly demonstrated that mass surveillance on an unparalleled scale is real, and had not the public’s response been to condemn it?


On Wednesday June 22nd, the first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in Ukraine was organized by TechSoup Europe, Fundament and the Civil Network OPORA. Twenty speakers from various countries made their pleas, shared best practices and issued warnings about the role of technology in furthering democratic societies. On behalf of Clarity, Making Sense and Digital Social Innovation for Europe, I was invited to speak about recent developments in citizen empowerment, maker movements and the appropriation of technology for social good.


The Identity Matters conference was a success with more than hundred visitors, nineteen speakers and eight urban visits throughout Amsterdam. In case you weren’t there, here are some insights into the keynotes and conversations.


Hans Schnitzler, philosopher and author of 'Het digitale Proletariaa't, shares the Dutch column he presented at the Facebook Farewell Party.


In an article in the Dutch newspaper nrc•next on March 18 maart by Laura Wismans, Marleen Stikker speaks about the initiative 'Let's fix the internet' in The Netherlands.


The Dutch Public transport chip card that turns into a bank card or mobile phone that allows you to pay afterwards (and collects all your travel data along the way), or the data of UK patients being uploaded to the servers of Google. Not a single day passes or there are topics in the field of technology that touch our privacy.


The Circle follows 24-year-old Mae Holland, a graduate of Minnesota’s elite Carleton College, who lands a job at the “most influential company in the world” thanks to her old roommate and friend, Annie – an influential Circler in the company’s elite “Gang of 40”.



Digital Peace

Digital peace, shouldn't that be a basic right? A better and more social internet - a big discussion here internally - where should the revolution take place, how do we take a stand? Big questions that can remain quite abstract for a long time. But not if we can help it. Because Waag is the result of a collaboration of artists, hackers and researchers - all in their hearts doers and makers.


The public Internet became 20 years old on Wednesday January 15. On that same day in 1994, De Digitale Stad (Digital City) opened its doors in Amsterdam. It’s time for a moment of reflection.


The Dutch privacy watchdog (CBP) has published the results of a long term research on Google. The conclusion is: Google’s privacy policy violates Dutch privacy law on a number of important sections, states the digital rights movement Bits of Freedom.


Dutch author Kluun has blacked out his website. Why? Because the author used random pictures.