Declaration on Human Rights and Internet

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EDRI-gram provides an overview of the Declaration on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Information Society that has recently been adopted by the the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (see also press release.) The author of the EDRI-gram report concludes:

“… from a digital civil rights point of view, on close reading the declaration doesn’t offer any specific new rights to internet users when it comes to privacy, freedom of speech and access to knowledge. Though these rights and freedoms are all mentioned and reaffirmed repeatedly in the declaration, they are balanced against ‘challenges’ posed by the Internet, such as violation of intellectual property rights, access to illegal and harmful content and “circumstances that lead to the adoption of measures to curtail the exercise of human rights in the Information Society in the context of law enforcement or the fight against terrorism.”

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