As a non-profit organisation, SHARE Foundation was established in 2012 to advance human rights and freedoms online and promote positive values of an open and decentralised internet, as well as free access to information, knowledge and technology. SHARE Foundation’s primary areas of activities are freedom of expression online, information privacy, digital security and open access to knowledge.  

History 

After a series of successful SHARE Conferences on internet culture and activism, with over a thousand participants in Belgrade, Serbia (2011 & 2012) and Beirut, Lebanon (2012), a community was formed with the purpose of embarking on continuous research and advocating for human rights in the digital environment.

Our work

Our multidisciplinary team consists of legal and IT experts, artists and journalists. The Foundation has so far organised dozens of conferences, gatherings and workshops in Serbia and abroad, attended by leading activists and experts in digital rights and freedoms. As a contributing member of civil society, SHARE Foundation participates in public debates on relevant laws that might affect citizens’ online rights in Serbia. The Foundation has also produced numerous publications and launched dozens of websites which serve as educational resources for citizens, human rights defenders and online media.   The activities of SHARE Foundation in promoting digital rights have been recognised by the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection of Serbia, who in January 2017 awarded the Foundation a certificate of gratitude for an outstanding contribution to promote the right to personal data protection.

Memberships & networks

Since March 2017, SHARE Foundation has been a member of European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of over 45 civil and human rights organisations from across Europe. In April 2017, the Foundation registered the first special Computer Emergency Response Team – SHARE CERT – which provides pro bono legal and technical assistance to online media and civil society in Serbia. SHARE CERT is a member of CiviCERT, a wide coalition of civil society CERTs from around the world, and is also accredited by Trusted Introducer. In the summer of 2020, a group of prominent research and civic activism organisations from Southeast Europe came together to engage in regional cooperation regarding digital rights and freedoms of citizens. Co-founded by SHARE Foundation and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), the SEE Digital Rights Network has more than 20 member organisations from across the region – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia – and is the first network of its kind that focuses on the digital environment and challenges to digital rights in Southeast Europe.