5.1 Public space online (Intro)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 5.1 Public space online (Intro)

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the concept of online public spaces has become increasingly significant. Digital online public spaces refer to virtual environments where individuals can engage in public discourse, share information, and participate in civic activities on digital platforms such as social media, forums, and online communities.

These spaces play a crucial role in promoting communication rights, which encompass the freedom of expression, access to information, and the ability to participate in public debates. Digital online public spaces provide opportunities for individuals to voice their opinions, connect with others, and advocate for social change in ways that were previously inaccessible.

Moreover, these spaces serve as platforms for marginalized groups to amplify their voices, challenge dominant narratives, and demand accountability from those in power. By facilitating open dialogue and diverse perspectives, online public spaces contribute to fostering a more inclusive and democratic society.

Understanding the dynamics of digital online public spaces is essential for promoting digital justice, as it enables us to address issues such as online censorship, surveillance, and misinformation that can hinder communication rights. Through this course, we will explore the principles of digital justice and examine strategies for ensuring that online public spaces remain accessible, equitable, and conducive to meaningful participation for all. Join us as we navigate the complexities of digital justice and work towards creating a more democratic and inclusive digital world.



After this session you will be able to:

  • Understanding who owns and creates digital spaces, and how this influences our online behaviour.
  • Explaining the benefits of digital public spaces.
  • Taking steps to use and strengthen public spaces online.



Obstacles or challenges that hinder individuals’ access to digital technologies, information, or opportunities, often resulting from factors such as socioeconomic status, geographic location, or discrimination. Overcoming barriers is essential for promoting digital justice and ensuring equitable access for all.

Social Media

Online platforms and websites that enable users to create, share, and interact with content and connect with others. Social media plays a significant role in digital justice by providing spaces for public discourse, activism, and community engagement, but it also raises concerns about privacy, censorship, and misinformation.

Public Space

Virtual or physical environments where individuals have the right to freely express themselves, assemble, and engage in public discourse without fear of censorship or discrimination. Ensuring that digital public spaces remain accessible, inclusive, and democratic is crucial for upholding communication rights and promoting digital justice.


Refers to the legal rights and control that individuals or entities have over digital resources, such as data, content, or online platforms. Issues of ownership in the digital realm raise questions about privacy, intellectual property rights, and corporate power, highlighting the importance of equitable ownership structures for achieving digital justice.

Open Access

The principle of providing unrestricted and free access to digital information, resources, and knowledge for the benefit of society. Open access promotes transparency, collaboration, and innovation, but it also raises challenges related to copyright, licensing, and sustainability. In the context of digital justice, ensuring open access to information and technology is essential for bridging digital divides and promoting equitable opportunities for all.


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