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Advancing human rights in the age of AI and the digital society

Housed at Essex University’s Human Rights Centre with partners worldwide, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project considers the challenges and opportunities presented by AI, big data and associated technology from a human rights perspective.

Watch our video below to find out how AI can affect human rights.

What we do

How AI affects human rights

Identifying and assessing the risks and opportunities for human rights posed by artificial intelligence.

Ethics and regulation

Informing the governance and regulation of the design, development and use of big data, AI and emerging technology.

Accountability and remedies

Ensuring access to justice for individuals and groups.

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Our research areas

Algorithmic accountability

Developing a comprehensive approach for algorithmic accountability to protect human rights.

Consent

Addressing how data processing is often legitimized without consent being informed, freely given, or specific.

Corporate responsibility

Assessing current gaps in practice and accountability and ensuring that that individuals have access to effective remedies for human rights harms resulting from business practices.

Facial recognition

Investigating how facial recognition technology is used and its human rights implications.

Health

Identifying opportunities and threats to the right to health in a new data-driven economy.

Humanitarian assistance

Developing new approaches to human rights and humanitarian work using computational techniques.

Intelligence oversight

Investigating how intelligence oversight techniques are being used and their utility in protecting human rights.

Law enforcement

Analysing the implications of police data and technology on human rights.

Mis and disinformation and deep fakes

Investigating how mis and disinformation are affecting human rights.

Open source investigations

Researching the ethical considerations that should be taken into account when conducting open source investigations for advocacy or legal accountability.

Latest news and events

  • Mar052020

    Discussion Series: Live Facial Recognition

    In July 2019 researchers from the Human Rights Big Data and Technology Project published the first independently-funded academic report into…

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  • Mar022020

    Podcast of the Panel Discussion at the Book Launch for Digital Witness on 26 February 2020

    Listen here to the Panel Discussion at the Book Launch of Digital Witness The panel discussion took place at the…

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  • Feb252020

    Panel Discussion – Getting to the truth – Using Open Source Data to Defend Human Rights

    On 25 February 2020 the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project and the Foreign Policy Centre co-hosted an event…

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