What is it about?

In the digital space, citizens can communicate directly with each other. The internet offers an unrestricted channel for important discussions. For example, social media can facilitate the dialogue between citizens and politicians. Online media thus has an increasing impact on politics. On the flip side, hate speech and false news in social media threatens the quality of communication. This chapter in the book titled "The Rule of Law in Cyberspace" explores how digital changes impact rules in the online space. It presents research from various countries to arrive at a global perspective. It discusses issues with old legal concepts due to digital states, online democracy, and social media. It looks at changes in rights, rules, and governance, with a worldwide view. The chapter covers topics like false information, free speech, digital government, and AI's part in communication. It looks at making better rules for social media in the digital era.

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Why is it important?

The digital space cannot be a "land without law". Rules intended to guide online communication must be balanced. It must protect citizens from hate speech or false news and protect their right to free speech. Designing laws for cyberspace can be tricky for many reasons. The internet is changing how governments and judicial courts function. The concept of an online state is often bigger than the offline state. Also, power structures in the offline space may change in the digital space. This chapter looks at the challenges of designing and implementing laws for the digital space. KEY TAKEAWAY: Designing laws for cyberspace is tricky. But rules currently used by digital platforms risk becoming excessive or biased. Hence, there is a need for inclusive digital policies that protect rights, promote transparency, and ensure equal access to digital resources. All while balancing the demands of technological progress and societal well-being. This research relates to the following Sustainable Development Goals: • SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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This page is a summary of: “Digital Democracy”: A Threat to the Democratic System or Oxygenation of Representative Democracy and Free Speech?, January 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-07377-9_2.
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