Experts stress importance of protecting human rights in digital era

Human rights experts and scholars pointed out the importance of safeguarding human subjectivity and autonomy in the digital era during an academic seminar on Sunday.

The seminar on human rights protection in the digital era was held in Nanjing, the capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, to mark World Human Rights Day.

Lu Guangjin, deputy head of the China Society for Human Rights Studies and a professor at Jilin University’s School of Law, noted that online infringement of individual rights such as personality, reputation, privacy and copyright is commonplace.

Lu called for strengthening data legislation, protecting the rights of data producers, enhancing data content and data security management, and continuously raising awareness of data protection.

“China advocates building a community with a shared future for humanity and is dedicated to common prosperity for all. Therefore, protecting human rights in the digital era must conform to the Chinese path to modernization,” said Xing Jihong, deputy Party secretary of Southeast University.

The seminar was directed by the China Society for Human Rights Studies and hosted by the Institute for Human Rights of Southeast University. 

(With input from Xinhua)

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