A major part of HRBDT’s research is on access to justice and remedies for individuals and groups whose human rights have been affected by the design, development and deployment of data analytics and new and emerging technologies. This includes the availability, adequacy and effectiveness of grievance mechanisms with companies developing and using data analytics and new and emerging technologies, using Pillar III of the UNGPs.
In June, HRBDT co-hosted an expert meeting with OHCHR at RightsCon in Tunis on “The Technology Sector and Access to Remedy Through Non-State-Based Grievance Mechanisms.” The meeting was attended by a wide range of international stakeholders including businesses, civil society, international organizations and academics. It included three sessions, the first of which was on the mapping of private grievance mechanisms in the tech sector, and focused on knowledge sharing on the kinds and types of grievance mechanisms currently in place. The second session covered in depth some of the unique challenges that companies in the tech sector face in regard to grievance mechanisms, including relevant geographic variations. The final session took a broader perspective and, looking beyond individual companies, focused on the technology sector as a whole. For more details on the findings from the expert meeting please consult our summary report.
12th Asia Human Rights Forum – Seoul, South Korea
In October, HRBDT organised a conference with Human Asia, Korea University and OHCHR in Seoul, South Korea. This included sessions delivered by Prof Lorna McGregor and Sabrina Rau on “Access to Remedy Through Non-State-Based Grievance Mechanisms in the Technology Sector”. This conference was part of the 12th Asia Human Rights Forum organised by Human Asia and Korea University titled “Human Rights, Business and Technology: An Evolving Agenda”. The conference brought together diverse stakeholders and discussed a range of topics from the human rights implications of AI to UN responses to the human rights impacts of new and emerging technologies. HRBDT additionally met with relevant stakeholders: academics, businesses, and civil society from the region to share HRBDT research findings and to learn about different experiences of human rights in the digital space. Topics that were of particular interest in these consultations and meetings were grievance mechanisms, remedies, corporate responsibility and consent online.