Robert Važan

The digital exception to human rights

There's an unwelcome trend to use transition to digital as an opportunity to cut down on citizens' rights. Sometimes the law explicitly discriminates between online and offline rights. Other times it is done covertly by secret services. Internet monopolies are eager to help when it suits their business interests or when it aligns with views of their owners. Invincible internet mobs and trolls then cover whatever governments and corporations missed.

Here are some examples of the digital exception to human rights:

As virtual increasingly supplants the physical, the lower standards of citizens' rights in the virtual world are applied increasingly widely while the higher standards from the physical world gradually fade into irrelevance. This way citizens' rights can be curtailed with little resistance.