Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of democratic rights and freedoms. In its very first session in 1946, before any human rights declarations or treaties had been adopted, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 59(I) stating "Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and ... the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated."
Freedom of expression is essential in enabling democracy to work and public participation in decision-making. Citizens cannot exercise their right to vote on issues effectively or take part in public decision-making if they do not have free access to information and ideas and are not able to express their views freely. Freedom of expression is thus not only important for individual dignity but also to participation, accountability and democracy. Violations of freedom of expression often go hand in hand with other violations, in particular the right to freedom of association and assembly.
And just like the UN we at the i freedom Uganda Network also strongly believe that if we succeed in the promoting, preserving and advocating for the equal recognition of freedom of expression both on and offline we will have achieved much in our struggle for a world of total justice for all.
We therefore embark on training the sexual and gender minorities community in the tools and knowldge they need to keep safe online. We strongly believe that in a secure enviroment people tend to asspciate more and indeed freely express themselves on a wide range of issues and subjects. This is a on going activity of the network with each year being implemented under a different thematic area most of interest to our membership and our goal is to provide a free and secure internet environment in which members of the LGBTI and SW communities can freely express themselves without any fear of risk and/or reprisal from state agencies. In these training sessions, we teach participants how to protect their computers from malware and spyware that comes as a result of using unsecure internet connections and/or through the sharing of removable media devises. We also inform participants how to safely store information on their computers or in the crowd as well as how to permanently erase sensitive files from their hard drives. We further train the communities on how to keep safe online in this era and location of a shrinking internet freedom space, we train further train them on their rights and responsibilities online. And, after the conclusion of these training sessions, online follow-up support is provided to the project participants in an effort to further underscore and expand the information taught in the trainings.