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12 February 2015
By Rebecca Avery

Magna Carta: My Digital Rights - Resources from the British Library

Magna Carta: My Digital Rights is a new national schools' programme by the British Library inviting young people across the UK and overseas to consider their rights and responsibilities online.
This project has been jointly conceived by the World Wide Web Foundation, British Library, Southbank Centre and British Council as part of a collaborative programme to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.
Exploring topics such as free speech, censorship, cyberbullying and surveillance, the project provides teachers with a range of lessons plans, films, commentaries and collection items for use by Secondary and FE students. Resources will support students to develop the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, as they become more informed citizens who understand the roles of law, justice and liberty.
Following on from the lessons, the British Library is inviting young people to contribute a clause towards our Magna Carta for the digital age. School submission of clauses will take place between 28 January and 30 April 2015. In June 2015, this new bill of rights for the internet will be displayed on our website for the world to see. Watch the short film to find out more about Magna Carta: My Digital Rights and how to take part. Be the first to hear about British Library events and project news by signing up to the project via [email protected].
Further supporting lesson plans are available on the British Council’s website. For more information on the history of Magna Carta and how it shaped the world visit the British Library website. The exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, will run from 13 March – 1 September 2015.
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