Human Rights within the Age of Platforms: "The involve alternatives is growing"

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  1. anisur19

    anisur19 New Member

    The publication “Human Rights within the Age of Platforms”, published by the MIT Press in November 2019, examines the human rights implications of today's platform society. “Today such companies as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter play an increasingly important role in how users form and express opinions, encounter information, debate, disagree, mobilize, and maintain their privacy. What are the human rights implications of a web domain managed by privately owned platforms?”
    The volume starts with a foreword by David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the proper to freedom of opinion and expression, and contains contributions from scholars from across law and internet and media studies who consider the “datafication” of society, including the economic model of knowledge extraction and therefore the conceptualisation of privacy, examine online advertising, content moderation, corporate storytelling around human rights, and other platform practices, and discuss the connection between human rights law and personal actors, addressing such issues as private companies' human rights responsibilities and content regulation.
    APCNews interviewed Rikke Frank Jørgensen, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, editor of "Human Rights within the Global Information Society" (MIT Press), and therefore the author of "Framing the Net: the web and Human Rights". because the editor of this volume, Jørgensen provided more insight on the analysis captured during this book and states: "Laws and policies that draw on automated deciding should undergo human rights impact assessment to make sure that individual rights are protected."
    APCNews: what's the most contribution this book makes to the present studies and thinking around human rights within the age of platforms?
    Rikke Frank Jørgensen: The book addresses current challenges of datafication, platforms, and surveillance capitalism within a framework of human rights. It uses human rights as a lens to analyse and understand these challenges and to propose possible solutions. Whereas many scholars write on issues like platform power, there aren't that a lot of who combine such studies with human rights law and practice. In short, what do these developments mean for our human rights and the way we could ensure human rights protection within these private platforms going forward?

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