Big tech accountability? Read how we got here in  The Closing of the Net 

Internet Freedoms

Since 2008, I've been concerned about how free speech and privacy rights can be protected when governments try to legislate for blocking or taking  content. The principles of protecting freedom of expression applied then, as now. 

The right to privacy and freedom of expression apply online just as they apply offline. These are very precious rights because as well as protecting individuals, they also protect society as whole. Democracy, culture and access to knowledge are safeguarded because we have these two rights. These rights online are threatened by any proposals to block content or conduct surveillance.  Such threats can come from governments or from private corporations.

This section is concerned with how human rights online can be valued and protected i the face of measures that threaten them.

If you are interested in how Internet freedoms may be influenced by policy,   you may like my book The Closing of the Net .

 

If you are interested in copyright policy, you may like my previous books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

Viviane Reding, European  Commissioner-designate for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship has promised to protect the rights of individual citizens.

 

Mrs Reding made it clear  that following ratification of the Lisbon Treaty,  all new EU laws will have to be checked for compliance with the Charter of Fundamental rights. It will be her role to ensure that it happens.

She was answering questions from Members of the European Parliament, as part of a vetting process before she can be appointed to her new role. Given that the large number of MEPs in attendance, this was, if you like, a very  public job interview.  

 

In answer to a question from

Read more: Viviane Reding: new EU laws must pass rights test

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States v the 'Net? 

Read The Closing of the Net, by me, Monica Horten.

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.

Iptegrity in brief

 

Iptegrity.com 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 am on the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group.  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. For more, see About Iptegrity

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