How to protect human rights in the cyberspace? Searching for the best model.
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun
I must agree with Lawrence Lessig’s opinion that the „world online” is different enough to be distinguishable from the „offline world” in significant ways. There is such a situation, I believe, in the field of human rights’ promotion and their protection. Every epoch brings some new possibilities for human development but together rising threats for the evolution of his personality. New situations need new solutions. Common usage of fruits of scientific and technological development, rising a new phenomenon of the cyberspace alters the way how human rights are exercised and the way how they are protected.
In this context I advocate the so called „regional model” of human rights protection in contradiction to the universal one. Regional approach allows to create specific instrument that will be adjusted to unique status of the cybeprspace. That space may be perceived like a geographical region with very specific cultural, political and environmetal conditions, different from the world we know. In this paper I indicate some requirements that such quasi – regional system should fulfill in order to assert an effective and useful protection of human rights.
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