Digital Human Rights Must Be Legally Recognized

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Digital Human Rights Must Be Legally Recognized

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • The need for worldwide digital rights international women’s rights organizations Equality Now and Women Leading in AI are advocating for universal digital rights that are grounded in human rights law and supported by an intersectional, feminist-informed, and anti-discrimination analysis to achieve a well-governed digital space.

  • We cannot rely on different national laws and policies to direct, control, and maintain our global digital ecosystem, just as national efforts alone will never be able to address a global environmental problem.

  • More than fifty nations have endorsed the Declaration for the Future of the Internet, which shows that there is still a desire to unite around a vision of how the digital world ought to operate, especially in this geopolitical unpredictability.

  • Because of this, Equality Now and Women Leading in AI are attending the 2022 Internet Governance Forum in Addis Ababa and are eager to network with other participants who wish to co-create ethical, legal, and technical solutions to address existing and potential problems in the digital sphere.

  • To ensure that the Internet and digital technology serve everyone’s interests rather than those of a select few, we want to ensure that the perspectives of women, girls, and other groups subject to discrimination worldwide are included in the consultation on the Global Digital Compact.

An exceptional chance to guarantee that human rights are respected in common global standards for the digital world exists with the upcoming consultation on the Global Digital Compact.

A Global Digital Compact, a collection of universal principles for our digital future, has been suggested by the UN and is expected to be approved by Member States in September 2024. The UN Secretary-Envoy General on Technology is holding consultations as part of his mandate to “outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all,” and this provides a unique opportunity to make sure that these principles are grounded in human rights law and supported by an intersectional feminist, anti-discrimination analysis.

This is not the first time that several nations have contributed to a text outlining a more advantageous course for the future of the digital world. The Declaration for the Future of the Internet provides a code of conduct for how nation-states should conduct themselves in the digital arena and outlines priorities for an “open, free, global, interoperable, dependable, and secure” Internet. Although the participation of 61 nations is a positive development, it also serves as a reminder of how inadequately the world’s patchwork of rules and regulations protects and advances online human rights.

The Declaration envisions a well-governed digital space where censorship is outlawed, privacy is safeguarded, freedom of expression is respected, and human rights and democracy are upheld.

But none of this can be accomplished by merely declaring one’s intentions. Our human rights also apply in the digital realm, and these rights must be legally protected.

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