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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.

  • May102018

    HRBDT at RightsCon 2018 – Mobilising the Might of Rights: A Human Rights Based Approach to AI

    The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project is delighted to announce its forthcoming RightsCon 2018 session: Mobilising the Might…

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  • May022018

    HRBDT Conference – Human Rights in a Digital Age

    The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project is delighted to announce its forthcoming conference: Human Rights in a Digital…

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May21
Four ways your Google searches and social media affect your opportunities in life
Four ways your Google searches and social media affect your opportunities in life

By Lorna McGregor, Daragh Murray and Vivian Ng Originally published in The Conversation on 21 May 2018. Whether or not you realise…

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May17
Beyond privacy: the right to health implications of data sharing partnerships in healthcare
Beyond privacy: the right to health implications of data sharing partnerships in healthcare

In November 2015, the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust transferred over 1.6 million identifiable patient records to DeepMind, an artificial intelligence…

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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