Under the initiative of the Lower-Normandy Region, the “Métamorphosis” non-profit and the Network “France Balkans”, the International Human Rights Institute for Peace organized on June 7th and 8th, 2011, a workshop entitled “Cyberspace and Human Rights”.
Numerous speakers, such as lawyers, political scientists, sociologists and experts on information technologies, participated in the debates. Several important themes were tackled during these two-day working sessions. Under the right to privacy theme, the social networks issue was tackled. Social networks seem to reduce privacy to the more intimate part of our lives. There is a fine line between privacy and public life on the Internet. Debates then dealt with the IP address and spam. All along the process, legislation from France and the Balkans were discussed and compared, as well as international regulations.
Regarding freedom of speech, questions on the journalist’s status compared to the blogger’s and access to the Internet were discussed. Finally, the future of the Internet and of the electronic democracy was debated during the open conference.