Guatemalan Internet Bill of Rights

The Guatemalan Internet Bill of Rights was carried out through a citizen-led participatory process in which different sectors of civil society created the first long-term agenda on digital issues in the Central American region. A total of 11 workshops, forums, assemblies, discussion forums and inclusive dialogues were held in various geographic locations throughout the country (based on a proposal made by international experts). During these activities, civil society, together with the organizers, commented and wrote a first draft. In addition, courses on digital rights were given. The first sketch was presented on February 22, 2017, along with a request to incorporate it into the government agendas, the private sector and the National Digital Plan. From that day on, a second phase of the process began: an online collaborative space was created, in which citizens could comment on the Bill of Rights before it was presented to the Executive and Legislative Body.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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