Digital Rights

Multicast for Human Rights

The Internet is arguably the greatest democratic tool we've ever created.

It allows citizens to communicate, to organize and to disseminate information. It enables whistleblowers and journalists to expose corruption and malpractice. It enables people to communicate across borders, to share and discover each others cultures and beliefs, to promote understanding and encourage peace.

Unfortunately the Internet is today threatened from all sides by criminals, governments and corporations alike. Unless we take steps to prevent it, the weakening of this democratic tool will continue. Instead, we can choose to make it stronger and leave the next generation with a truly global, rights-enabled communication network.

Multicast has been around for a long time but most technologists today still think in terms of unicast (and in some cases IPv4!). We aim to change that, by proving that multicast is better in a lot of ways that matter.

Unicast has a source and destination address on every packet. Unicast therefore allows for geo-blocking and other rights-infringing methods. Multicast does not. Multicast is the foundation we need to build a more scalable, human rights respecting and secure Internet.

Here are some recent videos of our team talking about privacy and digital rights:

RFC 1984 - Encryption Backdoors and Mass Data Collection
Esther Payne (HOPE 2020)
The Internet: Protecting Our Democratic Lifeline
Brett Sheffield ( 2020)