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New Technologies and Human Rights: Challenges to Regulation

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Edited by: Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha, Norberto Nuno Gomes de Andrade, Lucas Lixinski, Lucio Tome Feteira

ISBN13: 9781409442165
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Whilst advances in biotechnology and information technology have undoubtedly resulted in better quality of life for mankind, they can also bring about global problems. The legal response to the challenges caused by the rapid progress of technological change has been slow and the question of how international human rights should be protected and promoted with respect to science and technology remains unexplored. The contributors to this book explore the political discourse and power relations of technological growth and human rights issues between the Global South and the Global North and uncover the different perspectives of both regions. They investigate the conflict between technology and human rights and the perpetuation of inequality and subjection of the South to the North. With emerging economies such as Brazil playing a major role in trade, investment and financial law, the book examines how human rights are affected in Southern countries and identifies significant challenges to reform in the areas of international law and policy.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Part I General Legal and Philosophical Aspects of the Interaction between Human Rights and New Technologies: Human rights in the information society: utopias, dystopias and human values, Giovanni Sartor
New technologies: from ethical issues to political and legal issues, Maria da Gloria F.D.P. Garcia.

Part II Freedom of Expression in the Online Environment: To block or not to block European approaches to content regulation, and implications for freedom of expression, Yaman Akdeniz.

Part III Intellectual Property, Competition Rules and New Technologies: Intellectual property and human rights: Northern and Southern perspectives, Ana Eduarda Santos
(Right to) development and international transfer of technology: a competition law perspective, Lucio Tome Feteira.

Part IV Biobanks, Bioethics and Human Rights: Prometheus, Golem & Co: bioconstitution and bodiliness in a '(world) risk society', Joao Carlos Loureiro
Protecting persons v. protecting humans in biobanks, Judit Sandor.

Part V Reproductive Technologies and Human Dignity: Human reproduction and human dignity as a constitutional concept, Miguel Nogueira de Brito
The constitutional debate on stem cell research, human rights and dignity: the law and a recent court ruling in Brazil, Luiz Edson Fachin.

Part VI Balancing Privacy and security: Angels and demons: data protection and security in electronic communications, Pedro Ferreira
Privacy, security and new technologies: a Brazilian approach to privacy issues in the public security field, Mario Viola and Danilo Doneda.

Part VII Emerging Issues: Proposing a right to identity within the international framework of human rights: issues and prospects, Norbert Nuno Gomes de Andrade and Paul De Hert
Legal implications of the privatization of cyber-warfare, Lucas Lixinski
Internet content filtering in Latin America: reasons and impacts on freedom of expression, Joana Varon Ferraz, Carlos Affonso Sousa, Bruno Magrani and Walter Britto
Nanotechnology, human rights, patent law and the global South: a brief overview, Ana Nordberg