The Human Rights,
Big Data and Technology
Project

 

The Human Rights,
Big Data and Technology
Project

 

The Human Rights,
Big Data and Technology
Project

 

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 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 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.

  • May192017

    Weekly News Circular – 19 May 2017

    Each week the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary…

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  • May122017

    Weekly News Circular – 12 May 2017

    Each week the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary…

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Apr21
Algorithmic Decision-Making and Human Rights
Algorithmic Decision-Making and Human Rights
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‘Man Vs. Machine’. ‘How algorithms rule the world’. ‘How algorithms rule our working lives’. ‘How Machines Learn to be Racist.’…

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Apr18
The Police’s Data Visibility – Part 2: The Limitations of Data Visibility for Predicting Police Misconduct
The Police’s Data Visibility – Part 2: The Limitations of Data Visibility for Predicting Police Misconduct
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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part blog post examining the potential impact of data visibility on law enforcement. In…

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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