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Digital Human Rights: They Matter Today

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Our physical and digital life boundaries are fading rapidly. That's nice–until we understand that our digital rights are far less secure than our physical rights. On Human Rights Day, we would like to remind our readers that digital Wild West companies, governments and criminals are still essentially free to take advantage of people.

Modern technology in data mining is trying to discern our innermost thoughts, personalities and behaviours. Governments are watching every move of their people – the levers of power can shift, but unprecedented access to our private lives remains the same.

  • Surveillance: The internet was known as the golden child of freedom and freedom in the early 1980s. It promised a bright new future by linking continents and allowing open and free communication. However, its users have been oppressed and controlled throughout their lives. Governments have determined which data is considered acceptable, and others face horrific penalties as small as using social media for' crimes.'

  • Profit: Every citizen has the right to privacy and security, but few are entitled to these basic human rights, and even less when they connect to the internet. Businesses have integrated themselves into every part of our digital lives to make the maximum profit from the knowledge of our private lives.

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is about raising awareness of abuses of human rights around the world, and we don't want to pretend that the issues we are discussing are the only ones or even the most important ones that we face today. However, we want to focus on what we know in the online world–cybersecurity, privacy, and access.

Connectivity must take place within a framework of human rights, which is why we partner with organizations working to make this happen.

Contract for the Web is a global action plan that unifies businesses, governments and citizens in a ploy to create a secure, secure internet that empowers rather than subdues. The contract builds on fundamental documents such as the Coalition for Internet Rights and Principles (IRPC) and the Guide to Human Rights for Internet Users from the Council of Europe.

The Web Contract, guided by a human rights approach, holds businesses and governments accountable for three main principles:

  1. The respect of people’s privacy and data rights;

  2. Keeping the internet open and affordable;

  3. Developing technologies that embrace the best of humanity.

Hotspot VPN is fully supportive campaign because it aligns so well with the values we’ve fought for since the beginning. We believe in open access to the internet, digital freedom, the right to privacy and security, and removing the Faustian bargain that governs so many of our online interactions.


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