Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology

Global Politics, Law and International Relations

Edited by Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann and Kilian Vieth

In a digitally connected world, the question of how to respect, protect and implement human rights has become unavoidable. This contemporary Research Handbook offers new insights into well-established debates by framing them in terms of human rights. It examines the issues posed by the management of key Internet resources, the governance of its architecture, the role of different stakeholders, the legitimacy of rule making and rule-enforcement, and the exercise of international public authority over users. Highly interdisciplinary, its contributions draw on law, political science, international relations and even computer science and science and technology studies.
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Chapter 17: When private actors govern human rights

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

Abstract

Presuming that internet giants play a key role for human rights protection in the online domain, it becomes paramount to understand these actors in more detail and to examine how the frameworks and narratives that govern their activities influence fundamental rights and freedoms. In response to this, the chapter explores the human rights frameworks and narratives that govern the major tech companies, including the incentives that work for or against an effective human rights protection online.

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