EIRP Proceedings, Vol 12 (2017)

Protecting Dignity in Virtual Space

Ana Alina Ionescu Dumitrache, Océane Rivoire

Abstract


Human dignity is a fundamental right protected by national, regional and international law. This research is about the ways of protecting this right in the particular space of virtual life, space which became more and more conductive to abuses of dignity. Human dignity in the digital age is being contested very openly today, and the Universal declaration of Human Rights (1948) must update every time because of new ways of abuses. This research is mostly based on cases studies of the European Court of Human Rights, so as to highlight that the more someone expose his/her life on the Internet, the more he/she will be at grave risk for his/her dignity because of a lack of protection. Finally, this research argues that nowadays, in a cyber-time like our, protection of dignity becomes a fundamental issue to deal with.


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