Digital rights includes protection from social media’s addictive algorithms and freedom from surveillance by these tech corporations. It’s also the understanding that online crimes like cyberstalking or revenge porn are violence and actual crimes.
Beyond safety, there is an accessibility gap that exists globally, where many young people are left behind accessing technology that can improve lives significantly. This tech divide is increasing existing inequalities, which is a major concern for global development.
The topic of Digital Rights is an increasingly important one, as digital tools, including smartphones and social media access is impacting our lives in so many ways. In particular, reasearch is showing that social media use has a detrimental impact on young peoples – and in particular, young girls – mental health outcomes. Anxiety and depression is on the rise among young teens, with a strong correlation with increasing opportunities to use addictive social media.
Furthermore, with the increase of AI tools and its impacts on surveillance and safety, activists and advocates must look to promote and safeguard human rights urgently.
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