The Digital Rights Delusion

This book examines the ever-increasing impact of technology on our lives and explores a range of legal and constitutional questions that this raises.

It considers the extent to which concepts such as ‘cyberspace’ and ‘digital rights’ advance or undermine our understanding of this development and proposes a number of novel approaches to the effective protection of our rights in this rapidly evolving environment.

Finally, it shows how the abuse of the adjective digital has demoted legal rights into subjective and individual claims.

The work will be of particular interest to scholars of privacy, artificial intelligence and free speech, as well as policymakers and the general reader.

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Once again, you don’t need AI to harm people, but the EU still doesn’t realise it

Once again, malfunctioning software has caused damage on an international scale.
This is the case of the very recent flaw in a product of Crowdstrike, a well-known cybersecurity company, which, between 18 and 19 July 2024, paralysed machines running the Microsoft Windows operating system by Andrea Monti – Initially published in Italian by Italian Tech-La Repubblica Continue reading “Once again, you don’t need AI to harm people, but the EU still doesn’t realise it”

Encryption and the EU: all the chikens coming home to roost

The First Report on Encryption recently published by the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security contains the guidelines and desiderata on encryption of EU structures dealing with security and crime fighting, and highlights the unresolved contradictions of the free availability of cryptographic technologies by Andrea Monti – Adjunct Professor of Digital Law – University of Chieti-Pescara – Initially published in Italian by Formiche.net Continue reading “Encryption and the EU: all the chikens coming home to roost”

Who wins and who loses in the Julian Assange affair

The plea bargain with which the US has decided to put an end (at least for now) to the Julian Assange affair highlights once again, and in exemplary fashion, how illusory it is to think that law represents a force to which everyone, including states, must submit by Andrea Monti – Initially published in Italian by Italian Tech-La Repubblica Continue reading “Who wins and who loses in the Julian Assange affair”

What the Chinese ban of Whatsapp, Telegram and Signal from Apple’s App Store means

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has removed or is about to remove a number of programmes from the Chinese version of its App Store, including Whatsapp, Threads, Telegram and Signal on the basis of national security concerns expressed by Beijing by Andrea Monti – Initially published in Italian on Strategikon – an Italian Tech – La Repubblica blog Continue reading “What the Chinese ban of Whatsapp, Telegram and Signal from Apple’s App Store means”