8th November 2017
Internet freedom in relation to political engagement
This short-form article was the first assignment I completed for the MA Digital Media & Society course. The short-form format is written in a more casual style and with less formal referencing structure.
The assignment required me to consider how freedoms defined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are relevant in the context of free speech on the internet, especially considering democracy and freedom of speech. Nations that respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights typically reflect the freedoms as civil liberties within statutory law, enabling a legal construct by which the freedoms can be applied.
Articles 18 and 19 of the declaration describe the right to freedom of thought, conscience, opinion and expression, and are typically most relevant when considering freedom of expression on the internet. In the context of political campaigns, the restriction of internet freedoms has been used to affect outcomes in non-democratic regimes, but even supposedly fair democratic process is increasingly manipulated by artificially generated content and challenges to trust and authenticity through "fake news".