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.

  • Oct172018

    HRBDT at The Alan Turing Institute Workshop on Data Trusts

    On 28 August 2018, Lorna McGregor spoke at the ‘Data Trusts Workshop’ held at The Alan Turing Institute, London.  Lorna…

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  • Oct172018

    HRBDT provides evidence to The Law Society’s Public Policy Technology and Law Commission

    On 25 July 2018, Lorna McGregor gave evidence to The Law Society’s Public Policy Technology and Law Commission.  The Law…

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Oct16
Free, Informed and Unambiguous Consent in the Digital Age: Fiction or Possibility?
Free, Informed and Unambiguous Consent in the Digital Age: Fiction or Possibility?

On 10 July, the Human Rights, Big Data, and Technology Project (HRBDT) co-hosted an event in London with the Law…

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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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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