Digital politics Digital rights

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Digital politics Digital rights

  1. 1. Digital Politics / Digital Rights
  2. 2. Digital Politics / Digital Rights● FREEDOM OF ACCESS● FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION● FREEDOM FROM INTRUSION / RIGHT TO PRIVACY● United Nations declares access to Internet a human right in June 2011:”The Special Rapporteur calls upon all states to ensure that internet access is maintained at all times, including during times of political unrest.”
  3. 3. FREEDOM OF ACCESS● DIGITAL ECONOMY ACT 2010● Warning Letters● Bandwidth reduction / disconnection● Site Blocking
  4. 4. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION● Communications Act 2003 – section 127● Malicious Communications Act 1988● #TwitterJokeTrial
  5. 5. RIGHT TO PRIVACY● Draft Communications Data Bill or● ”Snoopers charter”● Google and privacy policy
  6. 6. Questions for a digital politics:● FREEDOM OF ACCESS● Are there cases where it is justified to restrict access to the Internet?● Would the same standards apply to other information channels- eg. phone use or books?● Should there be a specific right to access the Internet?
  7. 7. Questions for a digital politics:● FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION● What are the limits in terms of expression online?● Does the nature of the Internet make policing of expression online to all intents and purposes impossible?● How can the law and politics keep pace with the fast changing nature of technology?
  8. 8. Questions for a digital politics:● FREEDOM FROM INTRUSION / PRIVACY● What should the limits be on governments and the polices access to our personal data?● Should there be different limits for private corporations such as Facebook + Google?● Is the notion of privacy in fact changing in our society?
  9. 9. Loz Kaye - @LozKaye● Recommended Reading :● ”The Revolution Will be Digitised” by Heather Brooke● Recommended Twitter:● @OpenRightsGroup @TheBPI @glynmoody● @DCMS @Coadec @AnonPress @Falkvinge

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