Digital Freedom Summit

Digital Freedom Summit is the multi-stakeholder platform annually organized  by the Digital Freedom Coalition in Nepal where stakeholders discuss various issues of Digital Freedom in Nepal.

This event is one of the signature events of the Coalition which is both exclusive and influential that focuses on the most recent digital technology trends and discoveries, as well as their impact on digital freedom law, policy and practices.


  • To bring all the stakeholders of digital freedom in Nepal at a single platform to share and discuss their knowledge, skills and experiences;
  • To discuss the laws, policies and practices on digital freedom in Nepal.
  • To aware people on the importance of digital freedom;
  • To contribute towards better digital freedom environment in Nepal.

Program Outline

Program Date: 9th Dec 2022

Program Venue: Basera Boutique Hotel


Chief Guest

Special Guest


Mr. Babu Ram Aryal

Internet Governance Institute

Dr. Swarnim Wagle
Former Vice-Chair,

National Planning Commission

Mr. Purusottam Khanal

Nepal Telecommunication Authority

Ms. Priyanka Jha

Media Action Nepal

While digital space is expanding with enormous opportunities for free expression, it also presents multiple threats to independent voices and diversity due to the ‘poorest’ digital understanding amongst users mainly in protecting the informed choices and plural voices so to defend democracy.

Although it has a visible influence on democracy, diversity and plural voices, criticisms overflow  for manipulating public discourse, inciting hate speech through disinformation and propaganda. This has resulted into destructive impacts on rule of law, political freedoms, free speech and critical thoughts.

In this context, this session aims to discuss the connection between democracy and digital space focusing on the issues such as plural voice, democratic values, enabling environment including legal frameworks & calls for actions to ensure free digital space.  Furthermore, it provides insights in tackling challenges of democratic values, including countering extremist & anti-democratic voices, approaches to free & fair elections including countering gendered violence, ensuring cyber security, promoting digital literacy, preventing authorities from enforced internet shutdowns and protection of privacy.


Mr. Laxman Datt Pant

Media Action Nepal


Hon. Dr. Binda Pandey
Member of Parliament,


Hon. Pradip Poudel
Member of Parliament (elect),

Nepali Congress

Mr. Ashim Rai

Thulung Dudhkoshi Gaupalika

Dr. Chandra Dev Bhatta
Political Scientist

This session aims to initiate discussions on how to improve the accessibility of infrastructure. The session will further dig into the challenges of equitable supply of suitable infrastructure to avail basic human rights and benefits modern technology provides. The issues of inclusion and digital divide will be discussed.

With the motto of leaving no one behind, the session will explore the challenges of equitable supply of infrastructure, devices and contents. Freedom to connect has been a pivotal tool to enhance not only our democratic rights like freedom of expression but also our basic human rights like the right to education. However, various communities like PWDs, marginalized communities are still deprived from meaningful connectivity that is widening the socio-economic and political divide. The session will shed light on these issues through a multi stakeholder discussion between government, CSOs and telco.


Mr. Ashirwad Tripathy

Educating Nepal


Mr. Dipesh Bista
CEO, e-Governance Commission
Mr. Dipesh Acharya

Nepal Telecommunications Authority

Ms. Sarita Lamichhane

Prayatna Nepal

Mr. Bikram Shrestha

Nepal Internet Foundation

Social media platforms offer many democratic benefits — connecting citizens with each other (and their representatives), encouraging voter turnout, even supporting virtual town halls. They have given voice to diverse and minority viewpoints, whose access to broad-scale distribution was previously badly constrained. Concern over online interference in elections is now widespread. Yet regulatory and monitoring efforts have lagged behind in addressing the challenges of how public opinion can be manipulated online, and its impact on elections. This issue of enabling the environment v. restrictive regulatory regime is in much debate now. This session will discuss the Nepali experience of use of social media during the recent election from its both perspectives.


Ms. Laxmi Basnet


Mr. Bipul Pokharel

Federation of Nepali Journalists

Mr. Jhabindra Bhusal
Chief Administrative Officer,

Press Council Nepal

Adv. Prapoosa KC
Lawyer/Human Right Activist
Ms. Prabesh Subedi
Founding Chair,

Digital Media Foundation

The Development of Technology has significant contribution in Nepali economy as well. Post COVID-19 pandemic, Nepali society also jumped in the digital space at large scale. Especially, when there was a rise in the use of digital tools in ecommerce, digital payment and also in government delivery, the space of the digital economy has also widened. Creating a digital transaction ecosystem that consists of infrastructure, literacy, data security, legislation and other enablers are significant for expanding the horizon of the digital economy. For this we need better infrastructure, literacy, data security and growing acceptance of the digital payment platforms and products. Government has recently proposed several legislations like the Information Technology Bill, E-Commerce bill and Cybersecurity Bill to promote the digital economy. This session will be discussing current trends of the digital economy and freedom to do this. 


Mr. Pushparaj Acharya

Investment Board Nepal


Dr. Narayan Prasad Regmi

Ministry of Supply, Commerce and Industries

Mr. Sanjib Subba

Nepal Electronic Payment System Limited (NePS)

Mr. Ganesh Raj Gautam
Managing Director

Bizbazar Limited

Ms.Dibya Tara Shakya
Assistant Manager

Digital Banking Department, Global IME Bank

Chief Guest

Dr. Ganesh Raj Pandeya

Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers


Adv. Laxmi Dahal Rawal
Secretary General,

Nepal Democratic Lawyers Association 


Rewati Sapkota
Communications Registrar, Bagamati Province

Supporters & Partners


Telecom Partner

Industry Partner

Webcast Partner

Who We Are

Digital Freedom Coalition is a consortium of organizations working in the area of digital freedom, cybersecurity, digital resilience and Internet governance in Nepal. Coalition works closely together to coordinate their efforts on ensuring privacy online, meaningful access to technology, cybersecurity, Internet governance, freedom of expression online and a resilient digital ecosystem in Nepal.