The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Advancing Human Rights and Humanitarian Responses

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Health and Human Rights

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Surveillance and Human Rights

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Rights Implications, Regulation and Remedies

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Advancing Human Rights in the Era of Big Data

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, we analyse the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data, artificial intelligence and associated technologies from a human rights perspective

About Us

Based at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, the Project’s multidisciplinary team analyses the opportunities for, and challenges to, human rights posed by big data, artificial intelligence and associated technologies.

Our Research

Our research focuses on four key areas: surveillance, health, advancing human rights and humanitarian responses, and overarching rights-implications, regulation and remedies.

Our Impact & Engagement

Our research engages four key stakeholder groups: corporations, human rights and humanitarian non-governmental organisations, international human rights and humanitarian institutions, and States.

  • Jul052018

    What Next After the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Revelations?

    On 2 July 2018, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) Project co-hosted a panel discussion with the International…

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  • Jun152018

    HRBDT at the 2018 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

    From 11 – 13 June 2018, the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum took place in Bonn. Attended by over 2,000…

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Sep15
Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom – Some initial thoughts
Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom – Some initial thoughts

On Thursday, 13 September 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down their decision in Big Brother Watch and…

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Sep04
A Brief Review of the OHCHR Consultation on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age
A Brief Review of the OHCHR Consultation on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) conducted a consultation on the right to privacy…

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Our Partners

Queen Mary University of London
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