Human Rights Online: Redefining the Concept of Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
The Internet is undoubtedly one of the most widespread and commonly used tools for expression. The unique characteristics of cyberspace provide individuals with endless possibilities to deliver their ideas and opinions to anyone willing to listen across borders at relatively low cost, more so than has ever been before in the history of mankind. However, as with any powerful innovation the Internet has a potential for abuse. Therefore, a fair balance between protection of the right to freedom of expression and other competing interests should be established. In this regard, the present study has concentrated on the particular issue of freedom of expression on the Internet. The aim of this research was to explore the interrelation between the Internet and contemporary human rights law, particularly exploring and analyzing current legal trends towards the right to freedom of expression online. Further, this study has examined the influence of human rights discourse on Internet technologies, observing that current legal standards of free speech should not be simply transferred, but the new rules need to be enacted to solve problematic issues with regard to freedom of expression online. Finally, this research has emphasized that redefining the concept of freedom of expression in relation to the Internet could eliminate or substantively diminish the gap between policy (normative framework) and practice in this field.
PublisherUiT Norges arktiske universitet
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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