The Internet and Human Rights
Chapter 2: Revisiting public and private
One of the characteristics of the internet era is the way it changes the modal- ities for public and private life. Public life is increasingly recorded, trackable, shareable, and utilized as a commodity to generate income. Private life, by contrast, requires a special effort, which is an option that one has to acti- vate. Moreover, policy controversies related to internet regulation in many cases concern conflicting interests related to various internet domains and activities as public in relation to private. This is the case, for example, in con- troversies where ownership rights conflict with online practices of sharing information. In order to understand the human rights implications of these dynamics, the public/private distinction is next explored, including how it relates to the internet metaphors presented in the second part of this book.
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