“Digital rights are also human rights. Yet they are constantly being violated. It is time to ensure our digital human rights.” During his inaugural lecture on Monday, May 15, in Amsterdam, Ben Wagner, Professor of Media, Technology & Society at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, will address challenging issues surrounding digital human rights. In doing so, he invites a special panel to clarify what digital rights are about, showing how many different areas are touched by digital rights and how big the effects can be.
As digital infrastructures become increasingly complex, Ben Wagner says it is imperative that we focus on more sustainable models that embed digital rights at the core of digital infrastructures. In his inaugural lecture, Ben outlines the problem and then addresses these three core areas:
- the digital infrastructure of museums and cultural heritage;
- challenges of online platforms for democracy and elections;
- the infrastructure of societies in which people are constantly being watched, so-called surveillance societies.