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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

  • Jan142020

    Assessing failures of universal health coverage in a regime where the state can be held accountable- the case of Colombia

    This blog originally appeared in Spanish on: Foco económico: un blog latinoamericano de economía y política Sonia Bhalotra (University of…

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  • Dec132019

    Professor Sonia Bhalotra gives keynote lecture at Swedish National Health Policy Conference

    Professor Sonia Bhalotra gave an invited keynote lecture at the annual Swedish National Health Policy conference on 2 October 2019. The…

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  • Dec062019

    BBC Radio Essex Interview – Fake News

    Dr Elena Abrusci was interviewed by BBC Radio Essex about misinformation and disinformation – commonly known as ‘fake news’. Dr…

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Our Partners

Queen Mary University of London
University of Cambridge
Eye Witness Media
Universal Rights Group
World Health Organisation
Geneva Academy