Paper Explores Cybersecurity As Human Right Through Lens of Corporate Social Responsibility

CyberPrivacy Brief:

  • As Internet access is increasingly emerging as a fundamental human right to help flourish freedom of speech, expression, and informational exchange.
  • Cybersecurity should also be recognized as a human right to ensure some degree of cyber peace online, argues Indiana University cybersecurity Professor Scott Shackelford.

His article entitled Exploring the ‘Shared Responsibility’ of Cyber Peace: Should Cybersecurity Be a Human Right?,” examines cybersecurity as a human right through the lens of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement.

Rather than being defined exclusively in terms of return on investment (RoI), more firms are also considering their cybersecurity decision making in terms of its impact on overall corporate and societal sustainability. By protecting privacy, free expression, and the exchange of information, some argue that cybersecurity helps support people’s human rights, both online and offline. Indeed, having access to the Internet is increasingly considered to be an emerging human right. International organizations and national governments have begun to formally recognize its importance to freedom of speech, expression, and information exchange. The next step to help ensure some measure of cyber peace online may be for cybersecurity to be recognized as a human right, too. Yet the connection between cybersecurity and human rights has been underappreciate in the literature to date.

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