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 18: International organizations and digital human rights

Wolfgang Benedek

Abstract

International organizations are making important contributions to the process of Internet governance in the field of digital human rights, visible in numerous declarations and recommendations. This chapter provides an overview and analysis of their role, beginning with the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the work of UNESCO and of the Human Rights Council on the universal level, while on the regional level, the contribution of the Council of Europe is highlighted together with the role of the European Union and the OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media. Their activities, as part of a multi-stakeholder approach, have contributed to the clarification and promotion of the concept of human rights in the digital environment.

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