Fundamental rights in the digital age

The Internet is a space where social relationships are cultivated, business is conducted, new knowledge is created, and all kinds of networks are built. But do fundamental rights exist in this growing digital habitat? Should there be a right to internet access or anonymity on the world wide web or even for digital disobedience?

Articles in this Dossier

Katharina Beitz

Most read blog post 2015: Why we need anonymity. The Tor Network under general suspicion.

This blog post was the most read in 2016 and was originally published on 5 August 2016. …

Kirsten Gollatz

The power of platforms

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram structure public discussion and news perception. As their user numbers grow…

free speech
Rike Maier

Digital Copyright & Free Speech: Technical protection measures according to US law on trial

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, is suing the US govnerment over the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules. This post explains why this law prohibiting the circumvention of technical protection measures may indeed be unconstitutional and compares the provisions with the European anti-circumvention rules.

Max von Grafenstein

Data protection for the digital age: Interview with Jan Philipp Albrecht

On 14 April 2016, the plenary session of the European Parliament completed the legislative process for the…

Sebastian Leuschner

If the boss controls the browser history – take care of your data!

On 12th February 2016 the higher labour court Berlin-Brandenburg issued a press release about a decision concerning the inspection…

Sebastian Leuschner

Eine “Charta der Grundrechte für die digitale Zeit”, und warum wir sie brauchen

Dieser Beitrag erschien zuerst im Verfassungsblog. “Ich surfe, also bin ich.” Das ist nach der Internet-Milieu-Studie des Deutschen Instituts…

Theresa Züger

Three Ways to Understanding Civil Disobedience in a Digitized World

This article is a shortened version of the introduction Theresa Züger gave at the international and interdisciplinary…

Hannfried Leisterer

The “Right to be Forgotten” – recent developments and German case law

A year ago, the European Court of Justice ruled that people may request removal from search engines…

Hannfried Leisterer

The principle of ‘Datensparsamkeit’

The concept of ‘Datensparsamkeit” is codified in German data protection law and proposed for European law. It’s…

Theresa Züger

Disobey 2.0 – civil disobedience in a digitized world

Until today the case of Aaron Swartz leaves the ones who knew him – and many others…