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Deconstructing Digital Rights: Promises and Problems of Rights-Based Politics
by Kari Karppinen, University of Helsinki

Paper presented at the Nordmedia 2017 conference, Political communication division Tampere 17-19 August 2017

There are a range of concrete policy and legal issues that currently raise human rights concerns related to issues, such as net neutrality, copyright and piracy, surveillance and privacy, data protection, and content filtering. Aside from specific legal issues, human rights principles also bear upon broader concerns about the structure and future development and governance of digital media, such as equal access to the internet, or the problems associated with the “structural power” of dominant internet platforms and corporations who increasingly control data flows (e.g. Horten 2016).

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Published  in Routledge Companion to Media  and Human Rights (2017), edited by H. Tumber & S. Waisbord.

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Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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