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Human Rights in the Digital Age

Mathias Klang and Andrew Murray| (eds)
Glasshouse Press (12 January 2005)

IN 1939 the digital age began with the construction of the first digital computer. In the sixty-five years that have followed, the influence of digitisation on our everyday lives has grown steadily and today the influence digital technology exerts on our lives is greater than at any time since its development. This book examines the role played by digital technology in both the exercise and suppression of human rights. 

The global digital environment allows us to reinterpret the concept of universal human rights: discourse on human rights need no longer be limited by national or cultural boundaries and individuals have the ability to create new forms in which to exercise their rights or even to bypass national limitations to rights. The defence of such rights is meanwhile under constant assault by the newfound ability of states to both suppress and control individual rights through the application of these same digital technologies. 

This book gathers together an international group of experts working within this rapidly developing area of law and technology. This is the first work to explore the challenges brought about by digital technology to fundamental freedoms such as privacy, freedom of expression, and the rights of access, assembly and dignity. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in human rights and fundamental freedoms or anyone who fears digital technology my lead to the rise of the Orwellian state. 

  • Mathias Klang is lecturer in legal informatics in the Department of Informatics, University of Göteborg, Sweden
  • Andrew Murray is lecturer in information technology and internet law in the Department of Law, LSE.