Blog Posts

  • Jun132017

    Bridging the Gender Digital Divide from a Human Rights Perspective

    This week, the United Nations Human Rights Council will discuss a report prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner…

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  • Apr212017

    Algorithmic Decision-Making and Human Rights

    ‘Man Vs. Machine’. ‘How algorithms rule the world’. ‘How algorithms rule our working lives’. ‘How Machines Learn to be Racist.’…

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  • Apr182017

    The Police’s Data Visibility – Part 2: The Limitations of Data Visibility for Predicting Police Misconduct

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part blog post examining the potential impact of data visibility on law enforcement. In…

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  • Apr182017

    The Police’s Data Visibility – Part 1: How Data Can Be Used To Monitor Police Work and How It Could Be Used To Predict Fatal Force Incidents

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part blog post examining the potential impact of data visibility on law enforcement. The…

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  • Mar082017

    Data Driven Policing: Highlighting Some Risks Associated with Predicting Crime

    The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (the Project) recently made a submission to the UK Home Affairs Committee…

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  • Feb132017

    Data for Social Change | An Interview with Andrew Stott

    The open data initiative has gained traction and visibility in recent years, particularly with various governments releasing a wide range…

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  • Jan162017

    Privacy: System Failure | An Interview with Gus Hosein

    Gus Hosein has worked at the intersection of technology and human rights for over fifteen years. He has acted as…

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  • Dec142016

    Harnessing Big Data for Patient Empowerment: an Interview with Dr Nathan Lea

    Although Dr Nathan Lea’s professional career focuses on the role and governance of information systems and technology in health, his…

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  • Nov232016

    Big Data and the Right to Health: Explaining Ourselves!

    Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key issues related to human rights, technology and big data.  In…

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  • Nov162016

    Big Data, Mass Surveillance, and The Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project

    Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key issues related to human rights, technology and big data.  Digital…

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  • Nov162016

    Human Rights in the Digital Age: The Perils of Big Data and Technology (Part II)

    Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key issues related to human rights, technology and big data.  Last…

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  • Nov162016

    Human Rights in the Digital Age: The Promises of Big Data and Technology (Part I)

    Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key issues related to human rights, technology and big…

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  • Nov162016

    Introducing the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Blog Series

    Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the Project will be publishing a series of blogs to introduce…

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  • Aug022016

    Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in the Context of State Surveillance Activities?

    On 16 May 2016, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which was established under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA)…

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  • Mar302016

    Digital Disruption of Human Rights

    As published on Just Security on 25 March 2016.  Last week, we explored the conceptual challenges to the universal human…

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  • Mar232016

    So Software Has Eaten the World: What Does It Mean for Human Rights, Security & Governance?

    As published on Just Security on 18 March 2016.  In 2011, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen famously wrote…

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  • Mar222016

    First Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy to the Human Rights Council

    As published on EJIL:Talk! on 18 March 2016.  In March 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council created a new…

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  • Feb022016

    After Paris, it’s traditional detective work that will keep us safe, not mass surveillance

    Published on The Conversation on 19 November 2015.  Before the dust has even settled from the attacks on Paris, familiar…

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  • Feb022016

    Embedding Human Rights in Internet Governance

    As published on EJIL:Talk! on 3 November 2015.  In Resolution 56/183 (2001), the UN General Assembly welcomed the creation of…

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