Ferdinand von Schirach summed it up and called for a kind of update of our fundamental rights in Europe in his book »Everyone«:
“We, the citizens of Europe, give ourselves six new human rights that respond to the great challenges we face today: preserving our environment, asserting our digital self-determination, living with intelligent machines, telling the truth and not them Lies as a prerequisite for our democracy and, above all, the end of exploitation in a global world.”
The fundamental rights formulated by Schirach and promoted by the “Jeder Mensch e.V.” foundation are as follows:
Article 1 – Environment
Everyone has the right to live in an environment that is healthy and protected.
Article 2 – Digital Self-Determination
Everyone has the right to digital self-determination. Harvesting people’s personal data or manipulating people is forbidden. Harvesting people’s data or manipulating people is forbidden.
Article 3 – Artificial Intelligence
Everyone has the right to know that the algorithms imposed on them are transparent, verifiable and fair. Key decisons must be taken be a human being. Key decisions must be made by a human being.
Article 4 – Truth
Everyone has the right that statements made by officials are true.
Article 5 – Globalization
Everyone has the right to be offered only those goods and services that are produced and provided in accordance with universal human rights.
Article 6 – Fundamental Rights Lawsuits
Everyone has the right to bring a lawsuit before the European Courts when the Charter’s fundamental rights are systematical violated.
For me, the 6 new basic rights are visionary, fair and, above all, simple. Everyone can read, understand and sign them.
Why are the 6 new fundamental rights also important for digital freedom rights?
Article 2 – “Digital self-determination” and protection from exploration and manipulation would, as a new fundamental right, completely change the tide of many debates about the application of new technologies. Current topics such as:
- “Unreasonable Data Retention ”,
- unwanted telemetry data collection from operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Apple macOS,
- unwanted profiling by Internet service providers and investigative authorities,
- trade in our private data,
would be illegal and we would suddenly regain sovereignty over our data.
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