2022 was a year of growth and expansion for the Association for Civil Rights, in which we consolidated a team of excellence and set bold foundations for our future.
Undoubtedly, one of ADC’s most significant achievements was our strong positioning and presence in the international arena, which is crucial for effective public policy advocacy. During the past year, we not only took part in but actually led activities that boosted civil society (CSISAC)within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) during the Digital Economy Ministerial meeting held in Gran Canaria, Spain, in December. This landmark places the global civil society in general and our organization in particular as prominent interlocutors before the organization.
Meanwhile, ADC conducted efforts to give identity and structure to the Ibero-American Data Protection Network Civil Society Forum. The joint work with different organizations in an international entity of such significance aims to defend the rights of citizens in terms of data protection before both governments and corporations. We are proud to be part of this movement and to strive for its enhancement.
In 2022, we not only stretched the geographical boundaries of our impact but also took a big step toward sharing our expertise with others. It is the year we created our first free online course on the ADC Campus, our learning platform through which we provide information on the different topics we address. The site is available to all citizens and complies with several digital accessibility standards. This is one of our many commitments to promote web accessibility in the online sphere.
In the domestic scene, we were decisive actors in major debates such as the one over the Data Protection draft law, the mediocre performance of the Council of the Magistracy, and the balance between freedom of expression and the right to oblivion arising from Google v. Denegri case. We also carried out research on digital journalism sources, cell phone forensic extraction technologies, e-commerce, child protection on the Internet, and online gender violence. This activity was manifest through our contributions, reports, legal briefs, and many interviews with national media that called us referents in different areas.
In addition to a year of such significance, our challenge was to support ADC’s growth by incorporating qualified professionals with a sound commitment to our mission. Thus, we expanded our staff to strengthen and enrich the scope of our activity. Not only have we doubled our multidisciplinary team, but we have also enhanced a structure that allows us a long-term projection and a better strategic approach.
Indeed, 2022 was a year to remember. We look forward to 2023 as another one with new challenges and milestones to meet.