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Courses and Teachers
February 2017
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Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
Optional
Mariateresa Garrido Villareal
(Venezuela)
1 credits
1 weeks
1-16 Feb 2017
1:15pm - 4:15pm. At Classroom #2



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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Every communication technology presents different benefits and challenges for the protection of the right to freedom of expression, and the Internet is not the exception to this rule. Internet-based platforms provide innumerable possibilities to seek, receive, and impart information without limitations and regardless the frontiers. Thus, a reexamination of the right to freedom of expression is required. This course will introduce students to the major themes regarding the exercise and the protection of this right in the digital era.
The first part of the course will be focused on the understanding of the current social organization, and its dependency on Internet-based platforms. This contextual framework will set the basis for the legal examination of the right to freedom of expression. For this, the course will not only deal with the identification of states obligations but also with the protection of competing rights (i.e. privacy). Finally, students will be introduced to current trends regarding the exercise of the right such as protection of journalists, dissemination of hate speech, war on terror, and the role of Internet Services Providers.



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FACULTY

Mariateresa Garrido is Teaching Assistant and a Doctoral Student at UPEACE. She holds two Master's Degrees one from UPEACE in International Law and the Settlement of the Disputes and one from the Central University of Venezuela in International Law. Prior to her Master's Degree she had been working in promoting and defending human rights in Venezuela with different organizations such as Transparency International and Espacio Publico. Her principal research area is related to freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

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