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Freedom of Expression

Since 2008, I've been concerned about how free speech and privacy rights can be protected when governments try to legislate for blocking or taking content. The principles of protecting freedom of expression applied then, as now.

The right to privacy and freedom of expression apply online just as they apply offline. These are very precious rights because as well as protecting individuals, they also protect society as whole. Democracy, culture and access to knowledge are safeguarded because we have these two rights. These rights online are threatened by any proposals to block content or conduct surveillance. Such threats can come from governments or from private corporations.

This section is concerned with how human rights online can be valued and protected i the face of measures that threaten them.

If you are interested in how Internet freedoms may be influenced by policy, you may like my book The Closing of the Net .


If you are interested in copyright policy, you may like my previous books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the 'Telecoms Package'

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner-designate for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship has promised to protect the rights of individual citizens.

Mrs Reding made it clear that following ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, all new EU laws will have to be checked for compliance with the Charter of Fundamental rights. It will be her role to ensure that it happens.

She was answering questions from Members of the European Parliament, as part of a vetting process before she can be appointed to her new role. Given that the large number of MEPs in attendance, this was, if you like, a very public job interview.

In answer to a question from

Read more: Viviane Reding: new EU laws must pass rights test


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About Iptegrity

Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I am an  independent policy advisor, with expertise in online safety, technology and human rights. I am a published author, and post-doctoral scholar. I hold a PhD from the University of Westminster, and a DipM from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I cover the UK and EU. I'm a former tech journalist, and an experienced panelist and Chair. My media credits include the BBC, iNews, Times, Guardian and Politico.

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The politics of copyright

A Copyright Masquerade - How corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms

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