Conclusions: The Landscape of Digital Liberties and the Future

  • Giovanni ZiccardiEmail author
Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 7)


In this Chapter are drawn conclusions concerning: (i) the critical relationship between the use of technologies and the actions of political and social activism, and (ii) how technologies are closely related to the protection of human rights. Leaving aside all local situations addressed in the previous Chapters, the Author draws some basic guidelines that address the issues of the use of technology as a tool for rebellion, the relationship between the activities of dissidents and the digital world of hacking, the relationship between Internet and law (and between law and freedom), to identify some useful interpretative guidelines to develop future research. The first Section of the Chapter deals with human rights protection in the digital era; the second Section analyses information and communication technologies thought as “antibodies” against repression and censorship; the last part deals with digital dissidence and its relationship with the hacking tradition.


Normative Belief Digital World Organise Power Preventive Detention Technological Scenario 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department “Cesare Beccaria” Faculty of LawUniversity of MilanMilanoItaly

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