Digital Rights And Responsibilities


What You Learn:
Understand the expected norms and behaviours of digital environments.
Delivery Method:
Online, at your own pace.
60 minutes.
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  • Are you reluctant to participate online because you aren’t sure how what is expected of you?
  • Do you want to understand how the human rights we value in the physical world apply in the digital sphere?
  • Do you want to learn more about some of the controversies surrounding digital rights issues?

If you answered ‘YES’ to at least one of these questions then Digital Rights and Responsibilities is for you.
Digital Rights and Responsibilities recognises that just as a citizen in a democratic society understands they have the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the responsibility to be respectful to others while doing so, a responsible digital citizen must also be aware of their rights and responsibilities online so they can participate with confidence in digital spaces.
This course will benefit all library and information professionals who want to understand the expected norms and behaviours of digital environments and some of the controversial issues surrounding digital rights.
This course focuses on the civic element of digital literacy and can be taken in conjunction with other digital literacy courses, or on its own.
This course is delivered online and is self-paced.

Learning Outcomes

Engaged learners who complete all the course content and activities will improve their ability to:
  1. Recognise how the Digital Rights and Responsibilities Blueprint provides an overview of some of the controversial issues surrounding digital rights.
  2. Appreciate that fundamental human rights should also apply to digital environments.
  3. Distinguish digital rights from digital responsibilities.
  4. Determine where they stand on controversial digital rights issues.
  5. Apply what they have learned in the course to enable them to confidently participate in digital spaces.

Course Facilitator

Sally PewhairangiWith over 15 years’ library experience, Sally has worked in a range of libraries and through her business, Finding Heroes, is on a mission to encourage more “dare to do different” conversations amongst New Zealand library staff as she believes there is so much we can do together, as individuals, to make our lives easier and of greater relevance to our customers.


Sally has written more than two dozen articles for LIANZA's Library Life and is an Aurora Alumni. Sally has tribal links with Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki and Whakatōhea.