Workshopping the KeepitOn Advocacy Toolkit: enhancing ways for stakeholders to fight shutdowns around the world

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Workshopping the KeepitOn Advocacy Toolkit: enhancing ways for stakeholders to fight shutdowns around the world
Presenter(s) Gustaf Bjorksten, Anqi Li
Title(s) Chief Technologist, Design Lead
Organization(s) Access Now
Project(s)
Country(ies) Costa Rica, United States
Social media Twitter: accessnow; Instagram: accessnow
2017 theme Policy & Advocacy

The #KeepitOn campaign (accessnow.org/keepiton) features more than 100 organizations from nearly 50 countries around the world who are pushing back on the phenomenon of internet shutdowns -- intentional disruptions to the internet. Since the launch of the campaign in 2016, we've had major victories, such as statements from the UN Human Rights Council, Global Network Initiative, GSM Association, and even the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. Yet with more than 50 shutdowns in 2016 -- up from less than 20 in 2015 -- there is a wide gulf between high-level declarations and on-the-ground implementation. Governments continue to disrupt the internet over protests, school exams, civil unrest, and elections -- the most critical moment in a democracy.

Access Now has worked with members of the #KeepitOn coalition to identify needs among stakeholders to fight back. As a result, the coalition has suggested several tools that can strengthen the fight against internet shutdowns. These include backgrounders, model legislation, checklists for documentation, economic cost calculators, model advocacy letters, and circumvention techniques and principles. The multistakeholder nature of internet shutdowns demands a variety of solutions -- all of which will require feedback and refinement. Access Now will bring a beta form of the Tool Kit to the session.

The #KeepitOn Advocacy Toolkit has multiple components. The beginning of the workshop will entail an overview discussion of what's inside the toolkit (advocacy, policy, and technological tools). Then participants will be encouraged to break up to discuss and refine each "tool", making improvements on-the-fly or suggesting areas for improvement later on. The workshop will conclude by reconvening people to discuss next steps, with an aim to refine the toolkit before RightsCon in 2017. The goal of the workshop is to encourage maximum participation and constructive feedback to achieve real-world outcomes.

The goal of the workshop is to encourage maximum participation and constructive feedback to achieve real-world outcomes. If no one uses the #KeepitOn toolkit, it's useless. We want it to be as accessible, powerful, and effective as can be.


Format Workshop
Target Groups Journalists, Security Trainers, Front Line Activists
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Intermediate
Language English


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