EISSN 2532-3474 - ISSN 2532-649X - Padova University Press

Human Rights-based Approach to Cybersecurity: Addressing the Security Risks of Targeted Groups

TitleHuman Rights-based Approach to Cybersecurity: Addressing the Security Risks of Targeted Groups
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsPavlova, P.
Secondary TitlePeace Human Rights Governance
Date Published11/2020
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2532-3474
KeywordsCybersecurity, Human Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Internet Governance, Security Risks

This article analyses the human rights dimension of security as a prerequisite for designing a comprehensive cybersecurity framework. As a result of “securitisation” of this field, there has been a prevailing image of the need to sacrifice freedoms for the objective of national security – with the right to privacy being among the most contested rights in the cyberspace. compromised accounts, phishing, internet blocking, filtering, censorship practices, information gathering, excessive electronic surveillance with facial software, data collection and profiling – these are some of the practices with potential for infringing on this right. But risks in the cyberspace are not experienced evenly by everyone. Human rights defenders, journalist, activist, minority and marginalised groups are particularly at risk. They have been intentionally on a larger scale and with far-reaching consequences not only for their digital but often physical and psychosocial security. The conclusion will reason that there is a need for more safeguards as countervailing measures against possible human rights violations. Efficient translation of human rights standards into the cyberspace realm needs to be ensured together with greater regulation and accountability. Beyond creating adequate legal and regulatory protection, building necessary awareness and skills for digital security is a measure of key importance.