The use of the Internet constitutes an important part of everyday life in the contemporary era. The digital world has become part of our reality and influences our way of thinking, our choices and our acts. It reforms our society as a whole, but also the human existence in itself, by creating a new, digital representation of ourselves; a digital personality, which is not necessarily identical to our real personality, but enjoys the same freedoms and rights.
Homo Digitalis focuses on the protection of Internet users in Greece. It is present in order to combat and ensure the fundamental rights and freedoms in the digital world, when they are challenged or jeopardized by public organs, persons or private organizations.
The basic priorities of Homo Digitalis for the following years are the right to privacy, the protection of personal data, freedom of expression and freedom of opinion, freedom of information, property rights, access to justice and the prohibition of discrimination. We are a new Non-Governmental Organization, focused on our objective. We were founded in 2018. All our resources are directly invested in our work.
We help the legislators understand issues related to human rights in the contemporary digital era. Additionally, we raise public awareness regarding rights and threats related to the use of the internet, by organizing public campaigns, contributing in common actions and publishing informative content in relation to these topics.
We are an observer-member of European Digital Rights (EDRi), which is one the most prominent unions of Non-Governmental Organizations in our area of action.
We cooperate with other organizations in Greece, with digital rights specialists, but also non-specialists, who demonstrate a profound interest in our scope and actions. Finally, we cooperate with foreign organizations, working in other States, with similar aspirations and activities.
The HOMO DIGITALIS Team
Elpida Vamvaka – President
Elpida is an LL.M. lawyer. She specializes in Administrative law and research, innovation, technology and information issues. She focuses in cases of sharing personal data with public authorities and the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Stefanos Vitoratos – Vice-President
Stefanos is a lawyer specializing in International Politics (M.A.) and International Economic Law (M.A.). He is passionate about the use of new technologies as a means of promotion of the civil participation in decision making. He is also interested in the dangers for democracy and its institutions, which stem from deliberate misinformation.
Lefteris Chelioudakis – Secretariat
Lefteris is an LL.M. lawyer, specializing in the relations between law and new technologies. He focuses his interest in the positive and negative consequences of advanced automatization and artificial intelligence on Human Rights.
Konstantinos Kakavoulis – Treasurer
Konstantinos is an LL.M. lawyer specializing in International Law and Human Rights. His areas of interest include, among others, freedom of expression and pluralization in the Internet, safeguarding of Internet neutrality and free access to knowledge and information.
Member of the Board of Directors
Manos Papadakis – Member of the Board of Directors
Manos is an attorney-at-law with a profound passion for Civil Law. He focuses in the effective access to judicial remedy in the context of cases concerning the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation and issues of intellectual property.
Kostas Pratikakis – Deputy Member of the Board of Directors
Kostas is a criminal lawyer (M.Sc., LL.M.) and specializes in cybercrime. He is interested in issues concerning personal data processing in the context of crime prosecution.