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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: Progress and Challenges

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: Progress and Challenges

| December 2018

In this essay, Ş. İlgü Özler examines global progress toward achieving the ideals enshrined in the UDHR, which was adopted seventy years ago in 1948.

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Introduction: Competing Visions for Cyberspace

This roundtable explores what the governance of cyberspace might look like if it were geared toward just one primary purpose, such as to advance human rights, to promote economic prosperity, or to facilitate war.

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Toward a Human-Centric Approach to Cybersecurity

| December 2018

This essay presents an approach to cybersecurity that is derived from the tradition of “human security.” This approach prioritizes the individual and views the Internet as part of the essential foundation for the modern exercise of human rights.

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Promoting Economic Prosperity in Cyberspace

| December 2018

This essay argues that the original policy foundations on which the Internet was built—including strong free speech protections, open technical standards, and privacy protection—are crucial for ensuring that it continues to be an engine for economic innovation, though some of these will require adjustment.

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What if Cyberspace Were for Fighting?

This essay explores the ethical and legal implications of prioritizing cyberspace as a warfighting domain. The authors envision a world where states take on a greater role in governance but remain constrained by international law as well as by the norms of sovereignty, nonintervention, and self-determination.

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Ethical Dilemmas in Cyberspace

| December 2018

This final roundtable essay steps back to highlight three broad issues that cut across the other contributions and raise ethical concerns about our activity online. These are the commodification of people, vast and growing inequalities, and the tension between human security and state security.

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Reforming the Security Council through a Code of Conduct: A Sisyphean Task?

| December 2018

In this feature, Bolarinwa Adediran disputes the utility of a code of conduct to regulate the exercise of the veto at the UN Security Council during humanitarian crises, arguing that such a code would not make any significant difference to the way mass atrocity crimes are addressed.

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How Not to Do Things with International Law

How Not to Do Things with International Law

| December 2018

In this review essay, Anne Peters considers Ian Hurd’s recent book How to Do Things with International Law. Peters argues that, although the book is provocative and compelling, it may unwittingly reinforce the realist stance that international law is simply power politics in disguise.

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