Module 1: General Overview of Trends in Digital Rights Globally and Expected Developments
The last decade has seen unprecedented online development. It was a decade of emerging opportunities and threats. It is likely that the next decade will pose many of the same risks and opportunities but will do so at an incomparable rate. The developments in the digital landscape over the next decade are likely to increase exponentially.
Digital divides will hopefully decrease with improved access and increased efforts towards digital literacy. Threats to privacy are likely to magnify in quantity and intensity. Freedom of expression will remain a precarious position with misguided attempts to address legitimate concerns. There is a pressing need now, more than ever, to develop powerful advocacy strategies, establish impactful jurisprudence and to equip people with the necessary knowledge and skills to be empowered to advocate for their rights. New technologies are consistently emerging and giving rise to new opportunities and threats. Important steps are being taken every day by ordinary people, digital rights activists, the international community, courts and some states to ensure that the internet remains a source of agency and development and that it becomes a safe space for all users to reach their full potential.