Forum for Digital Equality is a not for profit organization  dedicated towards bridging the digital gap in Nepal through awareness, capacity building, policy interventions and community engagement. FDE was founded by a group of young multi-stakeholder enthusiast professionals. FDE primarily engaged in the area of Internet Governance, Telecom Policy, Community Networks, Cyber Policy Initiatives, and social entrepreneurship for the sustainable development. FDE advocates for equal opportunity for all and lobby for free, open, transparent, inclusive and responsive cyberspace.
This is a joint initiative of Internet Society Nepal and Forum for Digital Equality with the support of Internet Society, a not for profit organization based in USA. Under this initiative, three ICT-enabled community learning hubs were established in rural locations of Dhading, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts of Nepal. These are some of the worst hit districts by the April/May (2015) earthquake in Nepal. High-speed broadband Internet connection, ICT equipment such as computers, photocopiers, scanners, printers and projectors, and solar power backup are the primary features of the learning hubs. Under this project, training for local women (mother groups) on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and internet telephony services like (viber, skype) were also provided.
CONEF is an initiative to facilitate community Network Operators/ Providers. Under this project, we also work for wireless for community (W4C). FDE has joined hands with Radio Loktantra, Dhading as a pilot of community network.
Forum for Digital Equality has been working in the area of cyber security awareness, policy discussion and capacity building. We also designed ICT plan for various District Development Committees (Kathmandu, Tanahun and Morang) and also drafted the Information, Communication and Education (IEC) Strategic Plan for Local Governance and Community Development Project (LGCDP) (2009) for Ministry of Local Development, Government of Nepal.
Forum for Digital Equality started first ever formal discussion on Internet Governance issues in Nepal along with High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT) and Internet Society Nepal (ISOC Nepal) in 2008. We were one of major partner of the Nepal Internet Governance Forum in 2017, first National Internet Governance Forum in Nepal. Executive Director of FDE is the Vice Chair of Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group of Nepal IGF and MSG member of Asia Pacific Internet governance Forum (APrIGF). FDE is has been contributing in Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum and Internet Governance Forum through workshops and other representations. [igf.org.np]
FDE believes in higher discussion on Internet Governance issues in Nepal and abroad from Nepal. For this, FDE is working on expanding on the resources through trainings and workshops. Aiming expansion of the resource pool on IG from Nepal, FDE is co-organizing first ever School on Internet Governance (npSIG) in Nepal, scheduled for 19-20 January 2018. [sig.org.np]
FDE provides support to the victims of cyber crime, specially to women and children on psycho social counseling, legal counseling and support. Under this center, FDE is developing a very innovative and interactive portal www.cyberujuri.org, a complete solution for cyber incident reporting, specially to protect women and children online. [cyberujuri.org]
FDE believes in open, transparent, accountable and inclusive Internet. FDE supports legal assistance to the journalists and bloggers and has been engaged in Strategic Litigation to defend Internet Freedom.