Investigating Evolving Discourses on Human Rights in the Digital Age

By Claudia Padovani, Francesca Musiani, Elena Pavan - 2010

This article investigates how human rights in the digital age can be considered as an overall frame accommodating fundamental rights and freedoms that relate to communication processes, and related challenges, in societies worldwide. The article brings together different disciplinary backgrounds (communication studies, linguistics and sociology of networks) and complementary empirical analyses of the content, structure and relevance of evolving discourses concerning human rights in the digital age. In doing so, the article defines and adopts a constructivist and communicative approach to the study of world politics, and details its relevance in order to assess the evolution of normative standards concerning communication as a human right in the transnational context.

In The International Communication Gazette, Vol 72, Nos 4 & 5, June/August 2010.


By Claudia Padovani, Francesca Musiani, Elena Pavan| 2010


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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