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 7: The internet as culture

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

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

Extract

The culture metaphor shows up in notions such as ‘cyberculture’, ‘internet communities’, ‘digital natives’, and ‘free internet culture’, which associate the internet with specific cultural and social practices. As with the previous metaphors, the culture metaphor is reflected in a large body of research that explores the internet from the perspective of its cultural practices, focusing on various examples of internet communities, including their norms and values, identity formation, sharing and collaboration, means of social con- trol, and so forth (Rheingold 1993; Turkle 1995; Paccagnella 1997; Smith and Kollock 1999; Miller 2000; Silver 2000; Bell 2001; Lessig 2004; Benkler 2006; Shirky 2008).

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