Internet Freedom is Not Enough: Towards an Internet Based on Human Rights
SUR International Journal on Human Rights, v. 10, n. 18, Jun. 2013
26 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2014
Date Written: March 1, 2013
Technological development provides new opportunities for the progress of humanity as well as for the realization of human rights, although, at the same time, it also creates new risks for these rights. In recent years, public-private initiatives have advanced the need to promote and preserve freedom on the Internet as an essential assumption for the progress towards the realization of human rights and the functioning of a democratic society. One of these is called Internet Freedom. In this article, the author maintains that the focus of Internet Freedom is, however, limited, because it provides a skewed view of the relevance of human rights in the online environment. After noting these limitations, the author suggests elements that should be integrated in an Internet approach sustained by a comprehensive focus on human rights for the Internet.
Keywords: Internet Freedom, Human rights, Digital citizenship, Internet governance, Corporate responsibility
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