A disability rights approach to shape a human rights-oriented digital world

Digital technologies are challenging the traditional concept of human beings as individuals fully capable of making their own choices regarding their personal data. All users suffer a loss in their autonomy and capacity of self-rule, due to not only personal characteristics (such as individual digital skills and digital illiteracy) but also structural problems of the digital environment itself. In this context, the search for a different approach in the protection of human rights in the digital environment is needed, thus considering the changing capabilities of individual users. This paper argues that the supportive-decision making model deriving from the disability rights scholarship is likely to be an invaluable point of reference for developing a more equal and human rights-oriented digital world. A disability rights approach might be an inspiring starting point to build a digital world that is more flexible and respectful of individual users’ autonomy, will and preferences.