Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology

Global Politics, Law and International Relations

Edited by Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann and Kilian Vieth

In a digitally connected world, the question of how to respect, protect and implement human rights has become unavoidable. This contemporary Research Handbook offers new insights into well-established debates by framing them in terms of human rights. It examines the issues posed by the management of key Internet resources, the governance of its architecture, the role of different stakeholders, the legitimacy of rule making and rule-enforcement, and the exercise of international public authority over users. Highly interdisciplinary, its contributions draw on law, political science, international relations and even computer science and science and technology studies.
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Chapter 10: Reflections on access to the Internet in Cuba as a human right

Raudiel F. Peña Barrios


The chapter considers the legal framework applicable to internet access in Cuba, taking as its starting point the analysis of the criteria by the legal doctrine in this regard. As well as the utility of recognizing and safeguarding the current development of information technologies, the chapter also addresses the current situation in Cuba on this issue. After emphasizing and underlining the political and legal issues that the country faces, I conclude that the constitutional foundations may facilitate the recognition of the right to internet access. In the last section, I present concrete proposals under the maxim of considering that the widest possible use of the network by individuals is one of the crucial elements for mature debate on democracy and education in contemporary societies.

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