This course will focus on the multiple challenges to freedom of expression brought about by the technology revolution of the last two decades. On one hand, it has given the world the means to realize its commitment to freedom of information without frontiers. Technology has shaped, reshaped, and radically transformed the production and distribution of information, profoundly impacting whole societies and greatly influencing, if not defining, information and communication.
On the other hand, it has also precipitated or heightened a range of normative, regulatory and political issues related to the protection of free speech, on and offline. This course will examine the complex, and often awkward, interplay of global information flows with national jurisdiction and state sovereignty, its effects on democracy and fundamental rights, and what it means for the realization of a borderless vision for the right to freedom of expression.
This Advanced Course was preceded by a Foundational Course, which introduces the international system of protection for freedom of expression. Enrolling in the Foundational Course is recommended before undertaking this Advanced Course to those who are not familiar with international human rights law and freedom of expression issues.
What you’ll learn?
The impact of the Information technology revolution on the exercise of, and the global standards related to, freedom of expression and information.
The most recent legal and policy developments in response to challenges to freedom of expression and information, including those related to security, religion and technology.
WEEK FIRST: THE NORMATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE DIGITAL AGE (1)
Introduction and Overview
Freedom of Expression on-Line
Censorship by proxy and other implications
WEEK SECOND: THE NORMATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE DIGITAL AGE (2)
Are Bloggers Journalists?
The Liability of Search Engines
The Right To Be Forgotten
Surveillance within and Across Borders
WEEK THREE: CHALLENGES TO ON-LINE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: HATE AND INCITEMENT SPEECH
Incitement and Hate Speech: Article 20 of the ICCPR
Incitement and Hate Speech: International Comparison
Regional and Domestic Implementation of the Prohibition of Incitement
National Security and Speech: International Standards
Counter-Terrorism and Freedom of Expression
Countering Incitement and Hate Speech
WEEK FOUR: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Defamation (1): The Basics
Defamation (2): Digital Speech
Violence against Expression
Protection of Journalists and HRDs
Agnès Callamard Director, Global Freedom of Expression Columbia University