Digital Rights Month
Digital rights are nothing more than an extension of human rights. Based on this simple definition, we are launching the digital rights month at Fundación.cat. During the month of June, we will publish interesting information and news on the defence of digital rights in our current world.
According to the United Nations, the rights citizens have in the physical world are the same rights that must be met online. These include the right to privacy, the right to access information and the right to freedom of expression.
The increasing access to the internet and information technologies over the last decades has often caused the laws regulating the right to information and the right to privacy to be violated. Thus, a debate on the impact of ICTs and networks on our daily lives must be established from an ethical and equality point of view.
Many voices advocate an open, free and decentralised internet. A few very powerful companies control the flow of information on the internet, take control of the individual information that we provide on the network and take advantage of it to sell it to companies and other advertisers. Organisations such as Xnet have been working for years to defend digital rights, as you can read in this interview with Simona Levi, one of its members.