Human Rights and the Impact of ICT in the Public Sphere: Participation, Democracy, and Political Autonomy

Human Rights and the Impact of ICT in the Public Sphere: Participation, Democracy, and Political Autonomy

Christina M. Akrivopoulou (Hellenic Open University, Greece) and N. Garipidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
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Release Date: June, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 371|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6248-3
ISBN13: 9781466662483|ISBN10: 1466662484|EISBN13: 9781466662490


The creation of a new public realm through the use of the Internet and ICT may positively promote political liberties and freedom of speech, but could also threaten the political and public autonomy of the individual.

Human Rights and the Impact of ICT in the Public Sphere: Participation, Democracy, and Political Autonomy focuses on the new technological era as an innovative way to initiate democratic dialogue, but one that can also endanger individual rights to freedom, privacy, and autonomy. This reference book focuses on the new opportunities technology offers for political expression and will be of use to both academic and legal audiences, including academics, students, independent authorities, legislative bodies, and lawyers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyberspace
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Globalization
  • Human Rights
  • ICT
  • Political Autonomy
  • Privacy
  • Public Sphere

Reviews and Testimonials

This work looks at interactive communication technologies (ICT), such as cyberspace, the blogosphere, and social networks, as a metaphorical public space for the exchange of political ideas and political dialogue. International contributors in education, law, political science, and international studies ask how ICT can enhance participation in democracy and deal with problems that democracies face in the era of globalization, such as corruption, political apathy, and lack of transparency. Some subjects investigated include design for cultural differences in interactive multimedia environments, the potential for ICT tools to promote public participation in fighting corruption, ICT and public access to documents in the European Union, the potential role of ICT in controlling novel zoonotic disease outbreaks.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Christina Akrivopoulou holds a PhD in Constitutional Law and currently serves as Committee President in the Greek Refugee Authority in Athens. Her main research interests concern human and constitutional rights, the protection of the right to privacy, data protection, the private-public distinction, and citizenship. She currently lectures in Hellenic Open University, and she has previously taught in Democritus University of Thrace, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and in the EMA-Unesco inter-university master class. She is a postdoctoral researcher of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and of the Aristotle University Research Committee (Program of Academic Excellence). She is a member of the Thessaloniki Law Bar Association. She is collaborating with several Greek law reviews, and she is a member of many non-governmental human rights organizations in Greece and abroad. She is editor in chief of the International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies. She has edited for IGI the volumes, Personal Data Privacy and Protection in a Surveillance Era: Technologies and Practices (2010), Human Rights and Risks in the Digital Era: Globalization and the Effects of Information Technologies (2012), and Digital Democracy and the Impact of Technology on Governance and Politics: New Globalized Practices.
Nikolaos Garipidis is Attorney at Law in Thessaloniki Bar Association in Greece. He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Law and an LLM in History, Philosophy, and Methodology of Law from the Aristotle University of the Thessaloniki as well as an LLM in Legal Theory from EALT Brussels. His main research interests concern democratic theory, the counter majoritarian difficulty, constitutional power, redistributive justice, and the right to disobedience.