Welcome to The Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project


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Welcome to The Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project


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Welcome to The Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project


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Welcome to The Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project


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Advancing Human Rights in the Era of Big Data

The Economic and Social Research Council-funded Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, based at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, maps and analyses the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of technology and big data from a human rights perspective. Drawing on the wide range of expertise of its interdisciplinary researchers and partner organisations, the Project considers whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be adapted to meet the rapidly evolving technological landscape. The work brings together practitioners in the fields of human rights, technology and Internet governance, the United Nations, technology industries, and academics, to assess existing regulatory responses and the need for reforms in order to maximise effective human rights enjoyment and protection.

About Us

Based at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, the Project and its multidisciplinary team of researchers analyse both the opportunities for and challenges to human rights enjoyment and protection posed by ICT and big data.

Our Research

Our research, which spans four inter-related Work Streams, adopts numerous methodologies, varying from desk-based research to qualitative interviews. Outputs over the course of the Project will include, inter alia, books, articles, policy papers, blogs and podcasts.

Our Impact & Engagement

Our research aims to engage four key stakeholder groups: International Human Rights and Humanitarian Institutions; States; Technology Industries; and Human Rights and Humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations.

News & Events

Nov30
Weekly News Circular – 25 November 2016
Weekly News Circular – 25 November 2016
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Each week the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project prepares an overview of related news stories from the week.   Censorship…

Nov16
Introducing the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Blog Series
Introducing the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Blog Series
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Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the Project will be publishing a series of blogs to introduce…

Blog Posts

Dec07
Using Technology to Facilitate Human Rights Work
Using Technology to Facilitate Human Rights Work
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Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key…

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Nov23
Big Data and the Right to Health: Explaining Ourselves!
Big Data and the Right to Health: Explaining Ourselves!
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Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key…

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Our Partners

University of Cambridge
Eye Witness Media
FXB Center for Health & Human Rights
Human Rights Data Analysis Group
Universal Rights Group
World Health Organisation
Geneva Academy