Spaces of human rights can be anywhere. We’re using this series to consider a range of places – physical and conceptual – we might look at, from parliamentary buildings, LGBTQIA+ bookstores or online platforms to streets where famous protests have taken place. Our aim with this series is to uncover the real world places that have had an impact on, or been impacted by, human rights. This week, we focus on social media.
Social media is a double-edged sword. It has allowed millions to form communities, find spaces to interact joyfully and inspire revolutions, toppled dictators and furthered the conversation surrounding human rights in many countries. On the other hand, social media can also be a toxic space where people’s human rights are violated every day. The timeline of social media and human rights which we have created takes us from the invention of the internet to recent protests birthed from online movements.