Framing the Net

Framing the Net

The Internet and Human Rights

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

This important book examines how human rights are being applied in the digital era. The focus on ‘internet freedoms’ and ‘internet rights’ has risen considerably in recent years, and in July 2012 the first resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet was adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Chapter 3: Human rights

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

Subjects: law - academic, internet and technology law, politics and public policy, human rights


The field of human rights standards has developed since the mid-1990s and represents a large body of international law, institutions, and groups that work to protect and promote human rights at local, regional, and inter- national level. It also includes various research agendas related to human rights mechanisms and standards; the history and philosophy of human rights; human rights and globalization; human rights and security; and so forth. In this chapter, the basics of the human rights regime are introduced. This includes a closer look at some of the rights that have received particu- lar attention in the internet era, as well as an examination of the way human rights have intersected with ICT in four different spheres: civil society, the intergovernmental sphere, the business domain, and the research sphere.

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