Internet Freedom and Human Rights. European Policy Perspectives

Wednesday 19 May, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

MECO Seminar Room, S226, John Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

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Internet Freedom and Human Rights. European Policy Perspectives

Internet freedom is considered as Human Right by some and as such in need for constitutional protection. Others consider freedom of speech as sufficient framework for internet freedom. The Council of Europe has released a Recommendation that discusses various forms of challenges to Human Rights in the internet realm, from personal data protection to an enabling environment for internet freedom. In this seminar this European perspective on internet regulation as a consequence of regarding internet freedom as a Human Right will be discussed.

Josef Trappel is Professor for media policy and media economics at the department for communication studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. His scientific and research work concentrates on media and democracy, changes in mass media structures and their implications on mass communication, digitisation and innovation, national and international media policy and media economics. He is the convenor of the Euromedia Research Group and Director of the Erasmus+ Joint Master Programme “Digital Communication Leadership”. Recent publications include Digital media inequalities. Policies against divides, distrust and discrimination (Nordicom, 2019), Comparative Media Policy, Regulation and Governance in Europe. Unpacking the Policy Cycle (Intellect, 2018), European Media in Crisis. Values, Risks and Policies (Routledge 2015), The Media for Democracy Monitor (Nordicom, 2011), Media in Europe Today (Intellect, 2011).