Right of Assembly & Freedom of Association in the Information Age

Jorgensen, R (ed) (2006) Human Rights in the Global Information Society (Information Revolution and Global Politics), MIT Press

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Charley Lewis

University of the Witwatersrand - Faculty of Humanities

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

The rights to freedom of association and assembly have to a considerable extent become identified in the 21st century with the right to access and use e-mail, the Internet and the growing range of ICT technologies and tools. A daily growing range of individuals and organisations seeks to exploit the platforms and possibilities that the new ICT technologies provide to develop new forms of association and new spaces for assembly. From the action alert to the web site, cyber activism is on the move.

But likewise those seeking to undermine or limit this cyber space are also on the move, seeking to block, limit or monitor the use of the new ICT tools. Many of these attacks on the rights to associate freely and assemble peaceably in cyberspace are perpetrated by those very regimes around the world whose track record of human rights violations is long blemished.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Charles, Right of Assembly & Freedom of Association in the Information Age (2006). Jorgensen, R (ed) (2006) Human Rights in the Global Information Society (Information Revolution and Global Politics), MIT Press. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2663002

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