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6831
Human Rights in a Digital Age
Human Rights in a Digital Age
Summer 2016
2
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Seminar
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There is perhaps no greater example of the double-edged sword than the Internet. It is, on the one hand, the greatest tool (or set of tools) for access to information in human history, a great democratizing force in media, a source of connection for vulnerable communities and individuals. And yet it is provides governments and corporate actors with profound access to our opinions, curiosities, desires and relationships, a tool for surveillance and attack, propaganda and censorship. The UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council have repeatedly noted that offline rights apply online, but how? In what ways in digital space different from the physical world for human rights purposes? This course will introduce students to the variety of human rights issues at stake in a digital age. It will focus on the right to freedom of expression found in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Students will spend the first week addressing general issues of freedom of expression in order to set the scene for the more detailed discussion of the most salient issues of freedom online, to which the subsequent weeks will be devoted. While the course is "about" human rights online, its secondary but nonetheless critical aim is to highlight for students the ways in which human rights mechanisms at international and regional levels are shaping the norms pertaining to freedom on line and how they may be used for purposes of advocacy and scholarship. (Class participation and examination).
This course will introduce students to the variety of human rights issues at stake in a digital age. It will focus on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression found in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but it will also explore issues pertaining to the rights to privacy, religious belief and conscience, assembly and association, public participation, and non-discrimination, among other fundamental civil and political rights.
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