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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.

  • Jan192018

    Members of HRBDT Project Submit Evidence on Proposed Amendments to Investigatory Powers Act

    On 30 November 2017 the Home Office issued an open consultation regarding proposed amendments to the UK Investigatory Powers Act…

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  • Nov202017

    HRBDT at the 2017 UN Business and Human Rights Forum

    On 27 November 2017, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, together with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic…

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Mar29
Cybersecurity and Human Rights: Some Reflections
Cybersecurity and Human Rights: Some Reflections

The Bury St Edmunds Amnesty International Group and West Suffolk College co-organised a conference on Cybersecurity and Human Rights on 11 January…

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Mar19
Accounting for the Most Vulnerable:  Ensuring Big Data Works for Sustainable and Inclusive Development
Accounting for the Most Vulnerable: Ensuring Big Data Works for Sustainable and Inclusive Development

Published on the UNRISD blog on 15 March 2018 The increasing use of big data with its inability to accurately…

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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