Human Liberty 2.0: Advancing Universal Rights in the Digital Age

Human Liberty 2.0: Advancing Universal Rights in the Digital Age

Human Liberty 2.0: Advancing Universal Rights in the Digital Age

Human Liberty 2.0: Advancing Universal Rights in the Digital Age


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A powerful look at the real-life heroes and heroines who have changed the world using social media to advance the cause of human rights and dignity.

Human Liberty 2.0 showcases the inspiring stories of teens and adults channeling the power of digital and social media in order to make the world a better place. Rather than perpetuating negative online practices like trolling or bullying, ordinary individuals have found creative ways to use the internet to shine the light of hope, compassion, and freedom into some of the darkest recesses of our society and world. These largely unsung heroes and heroines of the Digital Age are advancing the cause of universal rights in new ways at home and abroad. Both young and old, these digital Good Samaritans exemplify the internet at its best—as a tool for engaging us all in the promotion of our common human dignity, even across boundaries of geography and culture. Like Chicken Soup for the Soul but with a modern, digital twist, this book includes over two dozen true stories guaranteed to uplift and inspire. Readers will discover how they can participate in the Human Liberty 2.0 revolution and follow in the footsteps of these inspiring adults, teens, and children who are truly the best of humanity...both online and off.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642931006
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Author Matthew Daniels, JD, PhD is a law professor and social entrepreneur who teaches law and human rights on three continents. He holds a Chair of Law & Human Rights at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC as well as academic appointments in the UK and South Korea. He is also a digital media producer who has been a leader in promoting universal rights through digital video and the creative educational use of other forms of digital and social media.

Table of Contents

Preface : Nazir Afzal, Order of the British Empire 7

Foreword: Admiral James G. Stavridis, Former Dean of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy 9

I The Democratization of Rights in the Digital Age

Chapter 1 A Dream Born from a Nightmare 15

Chapter 2 Harnessing the Potential of Our Shared Humanity 21

Chapter 3 Human Liberty 2.0: A Story of Convergence 26

Chapter 4 Netizens Rising: Digital Davids versus Goliaths 36

II Digital Humanitarians: The Unsung Heroes of Human Liberty 2.0

Chapter 5 The Compassion of Crowds 41

Chapter 6 The People Are the Press 46

Chapter 7 The Lifeblood of Human Liberty 2.0 52

Chapter 8 Driving Change in a Human Rights Desert 56

Chapter 9 Hijab Wars in Iran 67

Chapter 10 Blood Donation as a Social Activity 76

Chapter 11 A Child's Wish Becomes Africa's Wishing Well 81

Chapter 12 Wishing Well Taps a Global Digital Reservoir 85

Chapter 13 Freeing Minds One Nose Drive at a Time 89

Chapter 14 Cyber-Activism in a Land Without Internet 95

Chapter 15 Fighting Terrorists With Facebook 100

Chapter 16 The Plague of Modern-Day Slavery 105

Chapter 17 The High-Tech War to Save Trafficked Children 109

Chapter 18 A Way Out 4Women from Modern Slavery 117

Chapter 19 Opportunity in Emerging Markets 125

Chapter 20 The Cloud Can Also Save Food 133

Chapter 21 New Yorkers Are Human After All 137

Chapter 22 Fighting Malaria With Nothing but Nets 143

Chapter 23 Digital Cracks in China's Great Firewall 148

Chapter 24 Privacy Rights Violations in the Pre-Digital Age 164

Chapter 25 Privacy Rights in the Digital Surveillance Era 176

Chapter 26 Digital Media and Future of Freedom 188

Chapter 27 Join the Human Liberty 2.0 Revolution 191

"Go and Do Likewise" 193

Appendix: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations 1948) 195

Acknowledgments 203

Endnotes 205

About the Author 223

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