The Internet and Human Rights
Chapter 10: Conclusion
The focus on human rights protection in the internet era has risen considerably since 2010. Important moments include the endorsement of Frank La Rue’s report by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011 and the adoption of the resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet at the UN Human Rights Council in July 2012. At the Internet Governance Forum in Baku in November 2012, more than 25 of the approximately 100 workshops directly or indirectly referred to human rights,1 and in December 2012 the European Parliament endorsed its first Digital Freedom Strategy.2 Moreover, the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East have contributed to a more general awareness of the way the internet is related to human rights and social change. The protection of human rights in an internet era is a broad topic that covers a diverse range of issues such as the right to express opinions online, the right to search for information without restrictions, the right to mobi- lize in online communities, the right to have one’s personal data protected, the right not to be discriminated against in access to public infrastructure, and so forth.
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