Abstract: The same rights that people have offline must also be protected 'online’ is used in recent years as a dominant concept in international discourse about human rights in cyberspace. But does this notion of ‘normative equivalency’ between the ‘offline’ and the ‘online’ afford effective protection for human rights in the digital age? The talk will seek to describe the contours of a new digital human rights framework, which goes beyond the normative equivalency paradigm. It involves a typology of three ‘generations’ or modalities in the evolution of digital human rights – the radical reinterpretation of existing rights, the development of new rights and the introduction of new right and duty holders. Emphasis will be placed on the emergence of new digital human rights, with the presentation of two prototype rights (the right to Internet access and the right not to be subject to automated decision).
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