Civic Space and Content Governance

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Civic Space
and Content Governance

A significant part of today’s civic space is online, where individuals and groups express themselves, access information and engage with one another. How do human rights standards apply to State regulation of the online space and online content? What responsibilities do companies have to ensure that their platforms and their content moderation do not interfere with rights guaranteed under international law? How should States and companies approach hate speech, incitement, and disinformation online?

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Business - Private Sector; Civic space and content gobvernance; SDGs - Digital divide

Special Procedures

Copyright law and policy from the perspective of the right to science and culture

Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights - 2015 - Report presented to the 28th session of the HRC in 2015 on copyright law and policy from the perspective of the right to science and culture, emphasizing both the need for protection of authorship and expanding opportunities for participation in cultural life

2015

Civic space and content governance; Security – Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Link between ICT and the sexual exploitation of children

Report presented to the 43rd session of the HRC in 2020 providing an overview of the Special Rapporteur's activities since her previous report, focusing on the link between ICT and the sexual exploitation of children

2020

Civic space and content governance; Security – Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Child pornography on the Internet

Report presented to the 61st session of the Commission on Human Rights in 2005 on child pornography on the Internet

2005

Civic space and content governance; SDGs - Digital divide

Special Procedures

Right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress

Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights - 2012 -Report presented to the 20th session of the HRC in 2012 on the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications

2012

Civic space and content governance; Security – Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Issue of information and communication technologies and the sale and sexual exploitation of children

Report presented to the 28th session of the HRC in 2015 on the issue of information and communication technologies and the sale and sexual exploitation of children

2015

Civic Space and content governance, Discrimination and equality;

Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

General Recommendation on Combatting Racist Hate Speech

General Recommendation No. 35

2013

SDGs - Digital divide; Civic space and content governance

Special Rapporteurs

Promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Report presented to 35th session of the HRC in 2017 on the role of digital access providers, in particular on the roles played by private Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (continued) actors engaged in the provision of Internet and telecommunications access, and concluding with a set of principles that could guide the private sector�s steps to respect human rights along with a supplementary annex providing materials accompanying the report (A/HRC/35/22/Add.4). http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/35/22/Add.4

2017

Civic space and content governance; Security – Counter-Terrorism

Special Rapporteurs

Child pornography on the Internet

Report presented to the 12th session of the HRC in 2009 on child pornography on the Internet

2009

Civic Space and content governance

Human Rights Committee

General Comment on The Right to Peaceful Assembly (Article 21)

General Comment No. 37

2020