What are digital rights?

Digital rights are essentially human rights in the digital age.

They allow us to access, use, create, and publish digital content of all sorts. They are closely linked to our right to privacy and to freedom of expression, rights that are laid out in the UN Declaration for Human Rights. Many people are familiar with these principles offline, but the way they may manifest online might look different.

For instance, a popular perception of the right to privacy might be of the entitlement to keep your private life to yourself.  Online, the right to privacy may relate to how personal information is shared, the use of personal data in automated decision making and the practice of creating profiles of people based on their data, making them a target for commercial or political advertising or surveillance, for example.

Freedom of expression also takes on new online forms, largely due to the vast arrays of ways we can now communicate, including on social media. But who decides what’s acceptable in these new online places? The platforms that host these expressions of your freedom or should it be the state?

Our aim is to ensure that there is a continuum of liberties in the online and offline worlds.

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