The Human Rights, Big Data and 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 big data and associated technologies from a human rights perspective.

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 big data and associated technologies.

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: States; Corporations; International Human Rights and Humanitarian Institutions;   and Human Rights and Humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations.

  • Oct122017

    Submission to the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

    In September 2017, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project made a submission to the House of Lords Select Committee…

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  • Oct062017

    HRBDT at the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

    On 20 September 2017, Lorna McGregor participated in a side event on ‘Artificial Intelligence, Justice and Human Rights’ at the 36th session…

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Sep05
‘Doxing’ and White Nationalists’ Right to Privacy
‘Doxing’ and White Nationalists’ Right to Privacy

Introduction The recent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia between rival protestors over a statue memorialising a general in the Confederate Army…

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Aug29
Big Data and Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal 3: Not Counting Those Left Behind?
Big Data and Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal 3: Not Counting Those Left Behind?

The latest global initiative to address the vast inequalities in the world, including health inequalities, is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…

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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