Books – Human Rights on the Internet: To Know is Not Enough

Human Rights on the Internet, by Halperin, Hicks and Hoskins. Published by Palgrave

The World Today Published 1 February 2001 Updated 26 October 2020 2 minute READ

Mariyam Hasham

The twentieth century has been described as one of the bloodiest in recorded history, yet it also saw the beginnings of a move towards the recognition of universal human rights. The development of instant communications technology has given this new impetus and scope.

Halperin, Hicks and Hoskins tackle the growing interrelationship between the internet and the advocacy of human rights in Human Rights on the Internet. They suggest that the internet provides human rights groups with many advantages, ranging from communication on a global level, to self-publishing, fund-raising, recruiting new members, and building transnational networks of similar organisations. The internet bypasses governmental and territorial boundaries in ways that are liberating or subversive.

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