Book launch on Human Rights in the Global Information Society

By EDRi · July 5, 2006

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A new book on Human Rights in the Global Information Society, edited by
Rikke Frank Jørgensen (EDRI board member from Digital Rights DK) was
presented 23 June 2006 in Copenhagen.

In the book, a number of scholars, human rights activists and practitioners
examine the links between information and communication technology (ICT) and
human rights, exploring the ways in which the information society can either
advance human rights around the world or threaten them. This includes issues
such as freedom of expression, access to information, privacy,
discrimination, freedom of assembly, political participation, gender
equality, minority rights, and intellectual property. The book was produced
during the World Summit of the Information Society process (2003-2005), and
the Introduction examines how human rights were dealt with within this
global ICT policy process.

Following the presentation of the book, Gus Hosein from Privacy
International / LSE and author of the book chapter on Privacy, gave a
keynote on ‘Privacy, Terrorism and the New Security Agenda’.

In his presentation, Hosein illustrated with current examples how privacy
rights are being eroded, not least in a European context, and how the policy
dynamics of the ‘new security agenda’ stretches beyond terrorism into other
parts of our daily lives. He also addressed the intimate link between
privacy and other human rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of
assembly, and stressed the need for more concerted civil society actions in
Europe on these issues.

Human Rights in the Global Information Society

Danish Human Rights Institute

Digital Rights Denmark

Danish WSIS network

(Contribution by Rikke Frank Jørgensen – EDRi-member Digital Rights