Privacy and the Need for an Internet Bill of Rights: Are There New Rights in Cyberspace?

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David Casacuberta

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Max Senges

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)

Josep-Maria Duart

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia)

Date Written: November 11, 2007

Abstract

During the early days of the internet it was widely defended that being in an on-line environment clearly transformed some human rights; and might even create new ones. We argue for the consideration of an Internet Bill of Rights (IBR) however rather than inventing new rights, we propose that some rights have to be reconsidered within the emerging virtual context. Privacy, anonymity, freedom of expression, and so are not exactly the same rights we have in the realm of our physical being. What changes are some inarticulate contextual conditions, which make some people think that the rights are actually changing. This has theoretical implications. We attempt to show that there is no need to re-think rights like privacy from the beginning, or even eliminate it, as some scholars propose. It also has implications for policy making, as it provides a general methodology to consider and adapt to virtual contexts in order to assure that basic human rights can be correctly applied and defended in Cyberspace.

Keywords: GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Casacuberta, David and Senges, Max and Duart, Josep-Maria, Privacy and the Need for an Internet Bill of Rights: Are There New Rights in Cyberspace? (November 11, 2007). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798298 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2798298

David Casacuberta (Contact Author)

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Max Senges

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) - Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) ( email )

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

Josep-Maria Duart

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

Tibidabo Av. 39-43
08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

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