Digital Rights: We, as digital citizens, must defend our digital rights, which have been attacked in the name of "safety". The fact is that the internet does not belong to any government, and it can be used by anyone. Unfortunately, this includes people who seek to cause harm, which has lead to some pretty outrageous proposals that go against the our rights as digital citizens. Some states have proposed bans on encryption, as it is what the bad guys used to commit their crimes (Greenberg, 2016).
Some of the "basic rights" of digital citizens are being challenged right now, and have been for the past few years. SOPA and CISPA were two big bills that sought to trample over many of our digital and judicial rights in an attempt to "fight against digital acts of piracy". The Economist had a great article about it, where they shared that "the bill’s provisions will help America defend itself against attempts by hackers to penetrate vital infrastructure and pinch companies’ intellectual property. CISPA’s critics, which include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights group, and Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, argue that it could achieve that goal without riding roughshod over privacy laws designed to prevent the government getting its hands on citizens’ private data without proper judicial oversight." (Economist, 2013).
Although these bills were issues over three years ago, and were successfully fought against by the general internet population, there is a consistent push to trample over our digital rights, as they are seen as "lesser". In order to have the internet be a safe place for expression and information, we must not only fight against bills like this ourselves, but show our students that these are also rights that they must fight for.