New Centre for Internet & Human Rights

New Centre for Internet & Human Rights

The Centre for Internet & Human Rights (Forschungsstelle Internet & Menschenrechte) is attached to the Chair of European and International Politics at at European University Viadrina. The centre was founded in 2014 by Ben Wagner and Jürgen Neyer and strives to create a platform for cutting-edge research on this topic with leading researchers and civil society actors.

While studying ‘Internet & Human Rights’ may seem like a relatively niche topic, we believe that there is still a dearth of academic research on this topic. Many of the debates on both ‘the Internet’ and how it impacts human rights remain relatively simplistic and lacking empirical depth. This is highly problematic for space which remains a key trans formative force in modern societies.

Our current research projects focus on challenging existing debates in the area with better empirical data and a more solid theoretical foundation in ways that have real world impact. Whether this is to better understand the human rights impacts of Internet Disconnection or collaboration between security sector agencies, or a an analysis of Internet Foreign Policy founded in IR-Theory, each of these projects attempts to raise the level of existing public and academic debates.