The Global Digital Human Rights Network (GDHRNet) will systematically explore the theoretical and practical challenges posed by the online context to the protection of human rights.
The GDHRNet (Global Digital Human Rights Network)
will systematically explore the theoretical and practical challenges posed by the online context to the protection of human rights. The Network will address the matter whether international human rights law is sufficiently detailed to enable governments and private online companies to understand their respective obligations vis-à-vis human rights protection online. It will evaluate how national governments have responded to the task of providing a regulatory framework for online companies and how these companies have transposed the obligation to protect human rights and combat hate speech online into their community standards. The matters of transparency and accountability will be explored, through the lens of corporate social responsibility.
In December 2020, HBI researchers published the first 40-countries study on the Covid "infodemic" and how platforms and countries deal with Corona-related disinformation. The working paper is available as open access.
Kettemann, M. C.; Fertmann, M.: (eds.) Viral Information: How States and Platforms Deal with Covid-19-related Disinformation: an Exploratory Study of 20 Countries (Hamburg: Verlag Hans-Bredow-Institut, 2020), GDHRNet Working Paper #1