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.