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Volume 52, July/August 2017, Number 4 | pp. 207-213


GDPR: A Step Towards a User-centric Internet?

Joanna Mazur, Michal Palinski, Maciej Sobolewski

Originated as a collaborative research project and designed as a decentralised network of networks, the internet was founded on the principles of openness, transparency, non-discrimination and user-centricity. The two fundamental elements for user-centricity are freedom of choice and ability to exercise control upon one’s own online activities. Since these origins, this network of networks has undergone substantial changes, casting doubts on whether the fundamental principle of user-centricity is still valid today.


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