Universal Internet access fosters collaboration, learning, and empathy. By ensuring everyone is connected we're building a world that operates in the best interest of all people.
Move This Cable
The most isolated island in the world was to be narrowly missed by a planned fiber optic cable. We aimed to change that by petitioning for the route of the cable to be adjusted, moving the cable 500 km south, and connecting some 4,200 island people. St Helena, a British overseas territory lacked proper Internet access, the transatlantic cable called “South Atlantic Express (SAex)” would allow the tiny island to join our digital civilization improving standards of education, health care, as well as offering new economic prospects. The project was succesfull, in mid 2012 the cable's path was changed.
- “This would be the first time a landing point of a major submarine cable has been selected solely for social reasons.” Submarine Telecoms Forum
- “155Mb/s (of the cable's 12.8Tb/s capacity) for the island should yield a 21 percent increase in the island's economic growth.”Wired
Web The Film
What happens when children, isolated in the Peruvian Amazon, experience the Internet for the first time? With interviews from luminaries like Vint Cerf, Jimmy Wales, Nicholas Negroponte, and Clay Shirky Web explores the possibilities that emerge when the disconnected get online, and what it means for our future.
Buy This Satellite
During the Arab Spring, A Human Right launched an advocacy initiative to crowd fund the purchase of a satellite from a bankrupt company and move it over a number of developing countries to provide ultra low cost Internet access. The initiative garnered significant media coverage, informing millions of people that there still exists a significant digital divide, and we can do something about it.
- “A plan too interesting to ignore.”Fast Company
- “A very cool, grassroots, help the world kind of idea”Al Jazeera
- “...Surely they can help millions of people.”Wired Magazine
- “Look forward to the project changing the Internet as we know it.”The Register
Public Speaking & Advocacy
Founder Kosta Grammatis has given many talks on the topic of Internet access for all. He has made appearances on the stages of TEDx to the International Space Development Conference, the United Nations Nexus Youth Summit, and the Satellite 2011 Conference. A Human Right is a member of the United Nations Working Group For Emergency Telecommunications (WGET).