ELSA Malta’s Human Rights Organising Committee has published a paper titled “Living in a Digital Era: Safeguarding one’s rights in today’s society”, focusing on digital rights. The committee, led by Nina Fauser, decided to launch a paper discussing the protection of our rights and freedom in light of today’s technological developments, in order to celebrate this year’s Human Rights day, the 10th of December.
This paper aims to shed light on the issues resulting from the aforementioned developments and to educate its audience on the importance of protecting our digital rights. Luana Vella, Kristina Abela, Steve Vella and Eman Borg form part of the team which worked on this paper, each focusing on different aspects of the topic, including the right to privacy and freedom of expression, cybercrime and internet security, Digital Rights Management (DRM), Maltese legislation and case law, and issues related to hacking.
This paper includes a review of the international law on the subject, local case law, the dangers and the opportunities offered by the digital technology, and makes a reference the the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and the relative UN resolutions.
Recent technological advances have presented great challenges for the legislator to secure the digital sphere from criminal activity. Access to information has become increasingly fast, leading to a number of issues such as cybercrime, cyber terrorism and hacking. These all threaten and often violate our digital rights. The aforementioned have left a great impact on the legal framework of societies, leading to a number of amendments to numerous laws.