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CDT Joins Letter Urging Pakistan to Ensure Open, Secure Internet Access Throughout 2024 Elections

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) joined members of the #KeepItOn coalition — a global network of over 300 organisations from 105 countries working to end internet shutdowns – in a letter urging Pakistan’s caretaker government and election commission to ensure open and secure internet access throughout the coming 2024 elections.

From the letter:

As the people of Pakistan prepare to vote, authorities in Pakistan must adopt and prioritise measures that advance human rights, by enabling unrestricted access to information and avenues for freedom of expression, assembly, and association — both offline and online. This will also contribute to an inclusive, free, and fair election process.

The internet and social media platforms play a critical role in enhancing participatory governance, advancing inclusiveness and transparency, and enabling the enjoyment of fundamental human rights in a democratic society. These platforms enable public discourse about election processes and political candidates, and allow voters to hold governments accountable for their actions. Access to the internet and digital platforms also facilitates effective election reporting, monitoring, and coverage by journalists, human rights defenders, and election observers.

Read the full letter + list of signatories here.