Internet provides easier, cost-efficient, more accessible approach to giving and receiving objective information while creating safe virtual space that allows free expression of thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Internet offers obtainable space for interactive association, education and trade-transactions. The internet access is a human right by itself. Privacy holds a well-established place in the human rights catalogue, granting every individual freedom from “arbitrary interference” with their “privacy, family, home or correspondence” as well as from any “attacks upon his honor and reputation”, placing privacy among the catalogue of personal rights known to every national legal system. The UN devoted much attention to individual privacy protection while discussing the issues of terrorist prevention. Security and privacy are huge challenge in the internet existence nowadays. The fast developing virtual life tries to keep a track on protecting basic human rights of privacy, but it creates enormous loop of all the benefits that it provides and the space for exploitation of private and sensitive information.
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In many countries, there is no suitable law that covers online violation of the human rights. But, the internet itself is an open space for giving, receiving and sharing various information and it is difficult to protect human rights. Since people are moving more and more of their lives to the virtual space, they are creating online identities, they need laws and regulations to protect their human rights in the online world. With the changed concept of privacy that comes with the openness of the internet and spreading of information it is very important to lean on the power of online communities and protectors of human rights and dignity. There is a huge responsibility on both the individual and the community as such to be vigilant when the violations of human rights are occurring and to act accordingly.
At the same time the trans-boundary character of the internet makes it technically much easier to invade individual rights, be it through automatic collection of digitized data, intercepting online communications or disabling access to particular content. Those specifics require readapting the human rights framework, aimed primarily at the states, for the complex multi-stakeholder environment that is the cyberspace.
Methods of HRE for the virtual life of young people will be added further as a contribution of those who work on fighting for human rights in the virtual world and believe that human rights online need to be equally respected as human rights in the real world.
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