About Us

Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network/SAFEnet

is a network of digital rights defenders in Southeast Asia which was established on 27 June 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The establishment of SAFEnet was motivated by the widespread criminalization of netizens because of its expression on the Internet after the enactment of Law No. 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions (UU ITE). This prompted a number of bloggers, journalists, Internet governance experts, and activists to form this association. In 2018, SAFEnet began to widen the issue of advocacy towards the fulfillment of digital rights after previously only focusing on advocating freedom of expression on the Internet.
DIGITAL RIGHTS are human rights that guarantee every citizen to access, use, create and distributing digital media.
  • RIGHT TO ACCESS: It includes freedom to access the Internet, such as the availability of infrastructure, ownership and control of Internet service providers, digital divide, equality of access between genders, screening and blocking.
  • THE RIGHT TO EXPRESSION: Includes diversity of content, free to express opinions and use of the Internet in mobilizing civil society.
  • THE RIGHT ON SAFETY: Includes free from mass-surveillance and monitoring without legal basis, protection of privacy, and safe from cyber attacks.

Main Programs:

  1. MONITOR: Monitor digital rights violations in Southeast Asian countries
  2. ADVOCACY: Advocate at the policy level and help victims to access justice.
  3. SOLIDARITY: Increase support and solidarity, and develop networks among digital rights defenders in region to strengthen the application of human rights principles on the internet.
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