The Digital Rights Expo

The expo grows periodically online. Physical versions of the expo go on tour.

Digital Rights Expo in Helmond (NL)


Op dit moment is een selectie van de expo te vinden in de bibliotheek in Helmond.

In our more and more connected society every time you log on to the Internet, to a specific service and/or interact with someone or some thing data is collected. Your person data is valuable. It can literally be used to save your life. It however can also be the basis of all kinds of wrongdoings. The Digital Rights Expo aims to raise awareness of the fact that you need to understand the value of your person data. Especially, that you have human rights, also when active online.

Enjoy the Digital Rights Expo

Recently added links

Youtube video on 'Image generation & AI'.

Campaign: 'Reclaim Your Face'. Initiative: 'Fix je Privacy'. A report on 'Identity and Privacy' and a cool infographic on app adaption in Corona times. A new item is for instance a link to 'Is that video real' by AJ Willingham (CNN) and 'Deepfake bots on Telegram'. Digital Right Expo Files: If you are into 'fake' please check out our file on 'Fake identity'. We also have a file on 'Loverboys online'. We just made the Dutch version of our Fake identity file called 'Nep identiteit' en we landed in the city of Helmond.


This expo will expand every couple of days.

Being online can bring great things.

Being online can bring bad things.


#01.Loverboys online

Through social media, loverboys can easily select their victims. They make selections based on looks, chats and friends. They make contact with their target with the aim to seduce the person by giving understanding and trust. Once seduced, the victim will be forced to sell drugs or sell their body. The entire process can take place in a single day.

#02.Dating app to the rescue

A girl with two friends in the wilderness became stranded on a mountain. They were too far away for emergency responders to help them. The girl cleverly set up a profile on a dating app and started her search for a ‘match’ who based on location data was nearby. Shortly hereafter a match was made. The man showed up quickly and helped the girls resume their trip safely.

COVID-19 & Digital Rights

In searching for insights on how Corona (COVID-19) is impacting our digital, human rights we encountered this post by the Digital Freedom Fund. In short, they state 'The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an equally urgent digital rights crisis'.

COVID-19 & Digital Rights (2)

We also found this post on titled 'Digital rights in the COVID-19 era' with reference to the 'Coalition of Cities for Digital Rights'.

COVID-19 & Digital Rights (3)

(In Dutch) Gemeente Amsterdam: 'Gezamenlijk persstatement en verklaring over digitale burgerrechten in tijden van corona.'

“Technical innovation can be harnessed for social good, but just as readily for nefarious ends. This is truer of cybercrime than of perhaps any other crime area. And cybercriminals are also getting more aggressive. That’s why Europol and its partner organisations are taking the fight to them on all fronts.” Europol

More on the subject of Loverboys online

A special section has been created to feature this subject in more detail.

“Child sexual exploitation refers to the sexual abuse of a person below the age of 18, as well as to the production of images of such abuse and the sharing of those images online. Online child sexual exploitation is a constantly evolving phenomenon and is shaped by developments in technology. Mobile connectivity, growing internet coverage in developing countries and the development of pay-as-you-go streaming solutions, which provide a high degree of anonymity to the viewer, are furthering the trend in the commercial live-streaming of child sexual abuse.” Europol


A 14 year old boy commits suicide after bullying. Classmates sent him death threats on his cell phone and made him the subject of a social media hate group. He hang himself in the family garage.

#04.Crowdfunding for good

A baby was diagnosed with having SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) and had a life expectancy of 2 years. Thanks to a text message funding project, which almost a million people responded to, she was able to receive an expensive cure for her disease.

"Online bullying is when someone repeatedly and intentionally harasses, assaults, or makes fun of another person, whether online or while using cell phones or other electronic devices."

More on the subject of "Online bullying"

A special section has been created to feature this subject in more detail.

If you are worried about your safety or something that has happened to you online, urgently speak to an adult you trust. Or visit Child Helpline International to find help in your country.

#05.Racial profiling

Facial recognition software is added to a network of surveillance cameras by a state and is used to track and control a minority group of citizens. A new kind of ‘racism’ is born.

#06.Gamification in health research

A research centre developed a game where participants are super heroes who solve puzzles. In the study against a certain type of cancer challenges were translated into puzzles. This made the method more efficient and saved time.

"In our need to explore the world and the people around you, Internet is a great tool to use. Internet brings us an efficient way to gather information and to contact friends or professionals. This type of easy access brings challenges to our privacy without us perhaps knowing it. We are becoming vulnerable, because our profile, person data is being used by many instances we don’t know. One of our digital rights is that privacy and security is important, but what is our own role? Stay free and do it with care. Stand up for your digital rights."

Marcel Kaptein

#07.Hate through social media

According to UN researchers social media had a ‘decisive role’ in stimulating brutal violence against a minority group. Military personnel made fake profiles of fans of popstars and national heroes and posted their hatred against the group. Hate grew and a genocide followed.

#08.Sharing cars for a sustainable city

When sharing a car with people from the same neighbourhood online agenda’s and costs are shared in order to reserve a car. This brings sustainability advantages and positive effects on available space in the city.

#09.Algorithms influencing democracy

With a dataset of millions of citizens it is possible to select and target a group of people who can easily be influenced. By sending them ‘coloured’ information elections and referenda can be won.

#10.Reading aloud

Reading aloud has a positive effect on vocabulary, spelling and text comprehension. It also has positive bonding effects. There is an online app that enables grandparents to read aloud to their grandchild while video chatting. This is a solution for having contact at a distance 'bringing together' the elderly and the very young.


A person received an sms from what he thought was his bank with a message that his bank pass was almost expired. He clicked on the link in the message and filled in his bank account data on a fake bank website. The next morning he woke up and saw that he had lost 1 million euro.

#12.Social media to counter loneliness

A photo on social media where a sad grandfather was eating a burger alone has resulted in thousands of people responding and wanting to have a burger with him.

"Information technology can be a beacon of hope, allowing billions of people around the world to connect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these connections… are more important than ever.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

#13.Deep fake nude

Unexpectedly, I was confronted online with a video of two people having sex. You could clearly see the naked bodies and when the face of the woman looked into the camera I was shocked. It was my face. Fact was it was not me in the video.

#14.Warning for poisonous fish