Rikki don’t lose that number: enumerated human rights in a society of infinite connections

Clare Tsimpourla

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The international Human Rights regime acknowledges a certain number of rights. That number, albeit increasing since its inception, does not seem able to keep up with the pace of modern technology. Human rights today are not only exercised in the tangible world; they are also exercised on a daily basis in a world of ubiquitous computing–as such they can be easily breached with a mere click of a button. To make matters worse, these rights are controlled largely by multinational corporations that have little regard for their value. In this paper we will attempt to explore the difficulties the global human rights regime faces today, the challenge that is its enforcement, and whether it has come to a standstill in an age where connections grow faster than the rule of law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-497
Number of pages16
JournalFuture Internet
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • human rights
  • Internet
  • social networks
  • telecommunications policy
  • ubiquitous computing

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