The role of Internet access in enabling individual’s rights and freedoms
Title: The role of Internet access in enabling individual’s rights and freedoms
Author: LUCCHI, Nicola
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2013/47; Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF)
The paper discusses the scientific and policy debate as to whether access to the Internet can be considered so fundamental for human interaction as to deserve a special legal protection. In particular, it examines the impact of computer-mediated communication on the realization of individual’s rights and freedoms as well as on democratization processes. It then considers how Internet content governance is posing regulatory issues directly related to the growing importance of an equitable access to digital information. In this regard, the paper looks at conflicts arising within the systems of rights and obligations attached to communication (and especially content provision) over the Internet. The paper finally concludes by identifying emerging tensions and drawing out the implications for the nature and definitions of rights (e.g. of communication and access, but also of intellectual property ownership) and for regulations and actions taken to protect, promote or qualify those rights. All these points are illustrated by a series of recent examples.
Subject: Communication rights; Internet access; Digital citizenship; Freedom of expression; Digital content regulation
Type of Access: openAccess; openAccess