We are joining the fun in Amsterdam during Digital Rights Day!

In the week of 5 - 11 December we will present new insights and inspiration online and test our personal expo on Saturday 10 December. Check out: Digital Rights Day 2022


Being online can bring great things.

Being online can bring bad things.


Recently added link(s)

‘Deepfake van politie roept vraag op over 'digitale onsterfelijkheid' LINK (In Dutch)


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.


#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.

“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

A man posted a few photos of his freshly caught fish. He posted that he would eat the fish that evening. His followers urged him to cancel the dinner plans because they detected the fish was poisonous. 

Identity fraud is the use by one person of another person's personal information, without authorization, to commit a crime or to deceive or defraud that other person or a third person. Wikipedia

More on the subject of "Fake identity" online

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

Cybercriminals are constantly looking for ways to make money at your expense. Individuals and organisations often fall prey to frauds that involve various forms of social engineering techniques, where the information required is garnered from a person rather than breaking into a system. Europol

#15.Chat bot learned to be a racist

An artificial intelligence chat bot designed to mimic the language of a 19 year old girl was attacked by trolls in a social media environment. Within hours, the chat bot became very offensive and was taken off the platform.

#16.A chat bot helps against depression

A woman was depressed after she survived cancer, and her boyfriend died of cancer. A chat bot gave her more structure in life by giving her small tasks. Thanks to the bot she started functioning again.


A judge was forced to suspend a virtual hearing of a suspect after several people got into the video conference meeting posing as news reporters. These “so called” reporters appeared to be hackers and played loud music and even a porn video during this meeting. 

#18.Free phone with dinosaur design

A young man sent a request to a factory for a free phone of the newest model on social media. His message was accompanied with a self drawn picture of a dinosaur saying RAWR. The first response was he couldn’t get the phone free, but the post got a lot of positive buzz. The factory decided to give him the phone with his own design.

#19.Fake news creates anger

By structural spreading of fake news on social media, people have been influenced and mobilized to attack a government building.

#20.Modern visual identities

A young fashion designer is working on virtual clothing, which we can wear as an expression of our digital identity.

#21.Lost everything while dating online

A woman fell in love with a man on a dating site. It never came to a meeting, but she was persuaded to transfer some sums of money. The man turned out not to exist and her money was gone.

#22.Descended from a king

During an online school project where children search for their ancestors and history, a girl found out that she is descended from a king.

#23 Social media storm after writing a column

A writer received a storm of threats on social media after writing a column. Now she only uses this medium for business messages.

#24 Found love again after 30 years

After dating 30 years ago, a couple found each other again via social media. It was immediately familiar again. They are now in love and married.


Feel free to reach out and suggest subjects.

Also interesting to dive into:

BBC's anti-disinformation team offer insider tips on how to verify photos and videos online - so that you can be sure that what you're seeing is reliable.

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There is a need for accurate, verified information. Check the advise you share.

Check out: https://shareverified.com


Here are some links we used to build the expanding Digital Rights Expo.

#01.Loverboys online




#02.Dating app to the rescue








#04.Crowdfunding for good




#05.Racial profiling




#06.Gamification in health research




#07.Hate through social media




#08.Sharing cars for a sustainable city




#09.Algorithms influencing democracy




#10.Reading aloud








#12.Social media to counter loneliness




#13.Deep fake nude




#14.Warning for poisonous fish




#15.Chat bot learned to be a racist




#16.A chat bot helps against depression







#18.Free phone with dinosaur design




#19.Fake news creates anger




#20.Modern visual identities




#21.Lost everything while dating online




#22.Descended from a king




#23.Social media storm



#24. Found love again after 30 years




In working on an expanding expo concept you encounter loads of inspiration. Here are some 'memes' for you. Please let us know which meme best captures our topic.

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The statistics of wrongdoings online and the statistics of the spread of online usage.

Statistics of wrongdoings Statistics of wrongdoings
Statistics of usage Statistics of usage



We have decided to take certain subjects further and create special sections in this expanding expo.


Digital Rights Expo and 17 May

We started the Digital Rights Expo on 17 May 2020. The concept is expanding meaning that content is added and altered periodically and that the way the expo is 'presented' will change in time too. From online to physical to .... One could say the expo is growing and perhaps even learning. Just like the Internet. Just like the connected society we live and work in. The United Nations 'celebrates' important topics that have impact on humanity with the concept of 'international UN days' and 17 May is the official UN World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

'International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.'


Wish Will Way Foundation (WWWF) actively stimulates the discussion on the topic of ‘Privacy Opportunity’.