Universal Internet Access

This Call To Action ended October 2010.

In 2010 World Pulse launched the Action Blogging Campaign, a campaign in which World Pulse community members were asked to share their personal testimonies about everyday obstacles they face and risks they have taken in accessing the Internet. We asked questions like,"Does expressing yourself freely put you at great risk for your personal safety?" "What’s it like battling constant power outages or a slow connection speed?" "Do you pay exorbitant prices and endure harassment at local Internet cafes?" "Does your country filter and block access to important information?" In addition, we wanted to hear about the innovative ways the Internet was being used. These questions included, "How has the Internet made a difference in your life?" and "What will it take to improve access in your community?"

The purpose of this campaign was to have the World Pulse community raise its voice in order to bring awareness to the rising global human rights issues around access to Internet. The end goal was to assist global advocacy efforts with a gender lens to bridge the digital divide, and demand women’s right to Internet access. Testimonies were used to advocate for Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom before high-ranking policy makers and International Human Rights bodies.

The issue of access emerged as a key concern for our community, with cost, access to a computer or smart phone, consistent electricity, and censorship reported as main barriers to online connection. In addition to cost and infrastructure problems, some governments view the Internet and free flow of information as a threat to their control and stability. They seek to monitor, control, and limit access. This campaign shed light onto the situation women are facing in regards to Internet access and how it is time to bring our voices together to make a difference.

Universal Internet Access