Digital rights as an ecological network

Digital rights are strongly bonded one to another because a violation of one of them leads to infringing the other. We can follow it on example of a right to culture*. This right is violated by strict enforcement of copyright law. IP regime leads to infringement of the right to education and knowledge. Companies chasing cases of infringement of their IP monopolies are using censorship methods what violates freedom of expression. To intercept infringement cases they must also use data collection systems which, in turn, leads to violations of the right to privacy, etc. Therefore we can say that Digital Rights create kind of ecosystem based on network structure.

Such recognition has it’s consequences: digital rights should not be considered separately. We need to defend them all and probably the constitution of Internet (like Brazilian Marco Civil) is a good idea because it helps to secure them all together.

Although there is no hierarchy in human rights and there should not be in digital rights, when we agreed that it is a network structure we can use network analytic theory as a Albert-Barabasi model to check if there is a particular right that bonds them all (or most of them) creating a hub. The attack on the hub would be particularly dangerous, because it would threatened all other rights. On the other hand, strong protection of that law would strengthen the position of others.

I would like to raise awareness of the correlation between different digital rights and to emphasize the importance of the reflection over network nature of these rights.




Article 27 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.



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