Digital rights

The Internet is the most disruptive communication technology of our time, revolutionising the free flow of information between individuals by offering anyone with an Internet connection the ability to gather and share information and ideas. Yet the technologies that make this possible can also be used to limit access to information through content blocking and full-scale Internet shutdowns, or stifle expression through surveillance on a scale previously unimaginable.

In recent years, States have adopted myriad laws to regulate content online, increasingly putting pressure on private actors to censor content which they deem illegal or simply “harmful.” Much of the world’s online content is now regulated by the community standards and algorithms of a handful of Internet companies, whose operations and processes lack transparency. Internet users’ right to free expression is easily subject to abuse in this regulatory environment, the complexity of which is compounded by the fact that the Internet is a public space built on decentralized private infrastructure. Though often described as neutral or apolitical, standard-setting bodies and infrastructure providers wield great influence by determining what is or is not possible on the Internet.

The open flow of information has been key to the Internet’s transformative effect in modern society. In order to safeguard its benefits, the right to free expression must be defended when addressing issues of content and defining the technical management of the Internet’s architecture.

Blog: UK Online Safety Bill risks emboldening digital authoritarians around the world
16.09.2021 6 min read

Blog: UK Online Safety Bill risks emboldening digital authoritarians around the world

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South Korea: Reject proposed amendments to the Press Arbitration Law
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South Korea: Reject proposed amendments to the Press Arbitration Law

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EU: Action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations
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EU: Action needed to tackle spyware abuses after Pegasus revelations

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UN: Action to protect the right to privacy among key priorities at the Human Rights Council
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UN: Action to protect the right to privacy among key priorities at the Human Rights Council

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EU: Stop platforms from suppressing public interest research
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EU: Stop platforms from suppressing public interest research

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Eastern Africa: Report highlights impact of pandemic on rights
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Eastern Africa: Report highlights impact of pandemic on rights

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Blog: New data protection law will not reign in China’s techno-authoritarianism
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Blog: New data protection law will not reign in China’s techno-authoritarianism

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Afghanistan: Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately
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Afghanistan: Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately

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Afghanistan: We stand in solidarity with citizens, journalists and civil society
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Afghanistan: We stand in solidarity with citizens, journalists and civil society

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