What we do

DigitalReach was founded in 2019 as an organization that looks into the impact of technology on human rights in Southeast Asia. The organization’s mission is to safeguard digital rights and internet freedom in the region. Our work revolves around our three core strategies which are research and monitoring, advocacy, and community building and empowerment.

Safeguarding human rights from technological impact in Southeast Asia.

Creating a digital environment in Southeast Asia that protects human rights.
Research & Monitoring

We monitor the impact of technology on human rights situations in Southeast Asia. The organization monitors and analyzes the situations at the national and regional level. We conduct research including policy analysis and investigative research, and release publications for advocacy on critical topics.


Our advocacy work involves stakeholders at the national, regional, and international level. Our advocacy approach is based on the local context for maximize the impact of our work. We look at possibilities to work with local partners, engage in the regional human rights mechanism particularly at ASEAN, and address the issues of digital rights in Southeast Asia with international stakeholders.

Community Building & Empowerment

Our strategy consists of building a community on digital rights by addressing and tackling impact of technology on the members’ work. We also working with community members to explore how we can work together to empower each other’s work to safeguard digital rights in the region.

CORE Principles

CORE Principles




Decisions to undertake any project or activity, the work must result in a measurable impact for the target community, whether it is carried out by the organization alone or together with a partner.

Reflecting Local Context

The design and outcome of the work has to be based on the understanding and analysis of the local context. This will help the organization identify the needs of the target communities. Making the work achievable should utilize the best possible and appropriate approaches to achieve the objectives.

Fairness and Transparency

The work with local organizations or communities must be undertaken in a fair and transparent manner, with the aim to empower them and not to exploit their knowledge, resources and labor. All work must be based on an agreement between all the parties, toward benefiting the target community or local organization, which has a measurable contribution to the work.


The activities have to be part of an ongoing effort, and should be carried forward beyond the intervention of the organization.