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The Digital Rights Governance Framework

Defining the foundations, structures and tools to govern digital rights in cities




The Digital Rights Governance Framework focuses on the local safeguarding of human rights in the digital context of city governments. Specifically, it outlines how cities can uphold a human rights-based approach with regards to the digitalisation of their services and to some extent the digitalisation of the city.

The document gathers foundations, structures and tools that cities can put in place and which can be customized according to local needs. It has been co-created by city and organisations’ experts’, which provided evidence-based experiences out of practice, and can be used as a self-assessment tool and maturity model for city-government locally. 

The Framework is a living document and will continue to be updated with inputs from experts, local experiences and the results of the Digital Rights Governance Project. To provide feedback, please contact



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