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The internet: a new frontier for human rights


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Presentation at the SLS conference 2011, in Cambridge

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The internet: a new frontier for human rights

  1. 1. <ul><li>A new frontier for human rights </li></ul>Paul Bernal UEA
  2. 5. Access to the net is a human right <ul><li>A legal right in various countries: Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Spain... </li></ul><ul><li>WSIS has been pushing the idea since 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>In June 2011 Frank La Rue, UN Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression effectively put the UN behind the idea </li></ul>
  3. 6. An opportunity... <ul><li>Opportunities for human flourishing: informative, creative, communicative, social </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive of fundamental freedoms - civil liberties </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of assembly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of religion, thought </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tools for the ‘little people’ - for equality </li></ul>
  4. 7. ...and a threat <ul><li>Unprecedented opportunities for monitoring and tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly in the hands of big business </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful lobbies involved </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The security lobby - the spectre of terrorism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The copyright lobby </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 10. <ul><li>Free but potentially risky? </li></ul><ul><li>Safe but controlled - and a tool for control.... </li></ul>
  6. 14. Asserting online rights <ul><li>A right to roam the internet with privacy </li></ul><ul><li>A right to monitor and control those who monitor us </li></ul><ul><li>A right to delete personal data </li></ul><ul><li>A right to an online identity </li></ul><ul><li>A right to be found (when we want to be found) </li></ul>
  7. 16. <ul><li>Lecturer in Law, UEA Law School </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@paulbernalUK </li></ul>SLS Conference 2011