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Informational Rights

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Arguably one of the most important rights that would influence the development of individuals is the right to receive information. At its core, development rests on the ability to obtain, process, and act on information. Yet, the right to receive information remains a relatively unexplored component of the freedom of speech and expression, and it remains so even when asserted by adults. That is the case largely because the right frequently is taken for granted as the law subsumes it within individuals’ right to expression. This approach has its merits. A high regard for the right to expression reduces the concern for the rights of individuals to receive that expression. But even if there is a general right to disseminate information, it need not necessarily follow that particular individuals will receive that information. When US Supreme Court cases deal with adolescents’ rights to free expression, for example, they often fail to consider their rights as listeners. When cases do...

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Levesque, R.J.R. (2011). Informational Rights. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_704

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