Digital Empowerment Foundation
Founded in 2002, Digital Empowerment Foundation has been working to empower marginalised and unconnected communities living at the edge of information by enabling them with digital capacity, access and rights across pillars like education and entertainment, livelihood and finance, health and agriculture, culture and heritage, with a focus on digital rights for women and adolescents. With a 10,000 strong cadre of digital foot soldiers across India, DEF has created interventions in 2000 locations in 135 districts across 24 states. Additionally, DEF has a strong network in South Asia and is also an influential member of several global digital initiatives and organisations like Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Internet Society (ISOC), Association of Progressive Communication (APC), World Wide Web Foundation (WWW) and Global Network Initiatives (GNI). Going forward from 2021 to 2030, DEF is focused on working to connect the unconnected, as well as develop a healthy ecosystem wherein those who are connected can live a life free from fake news, misinformation and Internet shutdowns.