Freedom of Expression, Privacy, and Ethical and Social Responsibility in Democracy in the Digital Age

Freedom of Expression, Privacy, and Ethical and Social Responsibility in Democracy in the Digital Age

José Poças Rascão (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/IJBSA.2020070101
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Abstract

This article reflects on freedom of expression, privacy, ethical and social responsibility, in the context of social networks, in the context of the experience of democracy in cyberspace. It asks questions about ensuring the protection of privacy, freedom, and autonomy of internet users in the internet environment. It identifies national and international legislation that guarantee the right to privacy and the protection of citizens' personal data. It reviews the literature on the concept of ethics and social responsibility, in democracy, in the digital age, associating this domain of knowledge with the concept of privacy, freedom, and ethical and social responsibility, in the context of social networks. The article discusses the concepts that guide this theme and that are directly involved with related domains. It is alert to the need for ethical and legal protection of the digital data of internet users, aiming at the autonomous safeguarding of their digital identities.
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The complexity and turbulence of the information and knowledge society have taken interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary into consideration, as processes essential to the development and innovation of sciences and technologies. The implementation of these concepts in some areas faces challenges that go through not only the very polysemy of these terms, but also the rigid visions arising from the very dominant disciplinary training and tradition.

It is necessary to understand, through a theoretical review, the history of fundamental human rights, through historical reference documents; a psychosocial analysis of the concepts of Freedom and Privacy; the regulatory framework in which they fit; the Internet, as a platform for exercising rights and freedoms and the associated problems; digital data, the trail of people; the surveillance of citizens; the social engineering of Power; online social networks and spaces of trust and conflict.

It is a descriptive and analytical approach, seeking to know and analyze the existing cultural and scientific contributions on these subjects, based on the review of the existing literature. The research was structured based on the systemic approach for understanding the problems of Freedom of Expression, Privacy, Ethical and Social Responsibility, in Democracy, in the Digital Age.

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