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by wepromise.eu category: Politics
Help put digital civil rights on the European policy making agenda!
We want to raise the profile of digital rights issues in the campaigns of candidates for the European elections, giving long-term leverage to civil rights groups and citizens across Europe for the next five years. Help put digital rights issues right at the top of the agenda for the European elections in May. Let's make sure candidates for the European Parliament support our rights in the information age.
Between the 22nd and 25th of May, elections in 28 Member States will determine the composition of the European Parliament for the next five years.
This year's elections come at crucial time for digital rights. Never before has the EU faced so many challenges concerning digital policy, ranging from data protection and net neutrality to the mass surveillance of citizens across Europe. Awareness of these issues is at a peak, creating a huge opportunity for the digital rights community to form an alliance with journalists, activists, artists, academics, entrepreneurs and citizens in campaigning for a free, democratic and open digital environment.
WePromise.eu has worked out a ten-point-charter of digital civil rights ranging from the strengthening of data protection, reform of copyright to the promotion of open source software. Candidates and voters can both make their promise on the basis of these principles. on the one hand to act in favour of these principles and on the other hand to go to vote: interactive democracy in the information age and at the same time a reaction on the traditionally low turnout of voters in past EU-elections.
The campaign was initiated by European Digital Rights (EDRi) and pressed ahead in cooperation with GoVeto to encourage interaction between voters and their representatives in Brussels. With EDRi, an umbrella organisation of 35 civil rights organisations from all over Europe, and GoVeto, an international activism group, there are already a lot of voices from civil society taking an active role. Existing members are the Open Rights Group, Chaos Computer Club, Electronic Frontier
Foundation, Panoptykon Foundation, Statewatch, and many more.