Module 2: Introduction to Digital Rights
Summary Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online in sub-Saharan Africa
- Digital rights — which include the right to freedom of expression, privacy and access to information — are the same fundamental human rights as those enjoyed offline but adapted to a new age of technology.
- In understanding digital rights, it is also important to understand the role of internet intermediaries, a range of actors who play a critical role in protecting or undermining freedom of speech and associated digital rights online.
- Freedom of expression online is uniquely powerful because of its borderless nature, but it has created new legal questions and consequences.
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- Human rights defenders must engage with the new challenges online and act to protect and promote digital rights in the rapidly evolving online world.