Digital Empowerment Foundation aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions. With the motto to ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF aims to find sustainable ICT solutions to overcome information poverty in remote and rural locations of India. In an effort to achieve this aim, DEF has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach and a six-fold path to enable communities, governments, schools, civil society organisations and micro-enterprises to avail the benefits of the Information Age. Under this six-fold programme approach, DEF initiates projects in the areas of Access & Infrastructure; Education & Empowerment; Governance & Citizen Services; Markets & Social Enterprises; Knowledge Hub & Network; Research & Advocacy.
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A Training of Trainers workshop was conducted from September 20 – 24, 2016, in Chanderi (Madhya Pradesh) for the Coordinators and Trainers of DEF’s Community Information Resource Centres (CIRCs) supported by Indus Towers and Vodafone Foundation. The TOT aimed at providing the Coordinators and Trainers with Technical skills required to operate digital portals, managerial tools, monitoring software, and communication skills needed for the smooth functioning of the centres.
CIRCs across India celebrated DaanUtsav from October 2-8, 2016, to define the truest essence of ‘Joy of Giving’. CIRC Sonapur in Assam celebrated the day by visiting a Residential Training Centre in Dimoria (a special school for underprivileged children). Various fun filled activities were conducted through the day, which included games and singing competitions. CIRC Sonapur staff also visited some tea gardens nearby where marginalised labour communities having been working on meagre wages.
DEF has submitted its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) contribution for India’s third UPR cycle, 2017, to the UNHRC. This joint submission presents an overview of the status of the exercise of human rights on the Internet in India, including with regard access to information, privacy, surveillance and monitoring in the name of intelligence gathering, attempts to weaken encryption, network shutdowns and other communication services.