Human rights on the Internet: legal frameworks and technological implications

8 November 2012 - A Workshop on Human Rights in Baku, Azerbaijan


The emergence of the Internet is a turning point in human history. However, being originally conceived as a tool for communication between scientists worldwide, the Internet rapidly has turned into its own virtual world living by its own laws and rules of the game, and its own original interpretation of the concept of human rights. Moreover, development of the Internet changes the essence of the human rights policy, as well as realization of the human rights and freedoms in constitutional law. A cyberspace philosophy promotes maximum independence of the internet from any government and other forms of interference. It is impossible, however, to preclude any kind of internet governance or regulation thereof. The internet is like a mirror reflecting the real world, where we have moral and legal rules called to provide and ensure freedom of expression and information accessibility rights, protection from abuse of those rights by criminal and other kinds of wrongful behavior. Similar rules should also exist in the cyberspace. Nowadays, we could in fact reveal the three levels of internet governance, namely: supranational, national and self-regulation. Due to the specificity of the internet, none of these levels could be declared self-sufficient or unique to set up relevant management rules. The main purpose of this workshop is to compare these three levels of internet governance and to allocate their roles in this process according to their functional characteristics.

Dr. Svetlana V. Maltseva. Introductory word
Dr. Svetlana V. Maltseva and Dr. Mikhail M. Komarov. Human Rights on the Internet. Synergetic effect of the technological and legal impacts.
Dr. Anna K. Zharova and Andrey A. Shcherbovich. Adaptation of the technological solutions to the changing legal environment.
Paul Vixie. The Internet as an Expression of Individual Self Determination.
Jeremy Malcolm. Human Rights and the future of Internet Governance.
Roxana Radu. Dynamics between internet governance and human rights at the international level.
Peter Olugbenga Adeleye. Human Rights & Internet: Individual Freedom, Security Technology.

General Discussion
Dr. Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, discussant.