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  • Jul132018

    HRBDT Conference – Human Rights in a Digital Age

    On 24 May 2018, The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) Project, based at the Human Rights Centre at…

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  • Jul092018

    Why We Need to Stop Talking About ‘Killer Robots’ and Address the AI Backlash

    This post originally appeared on EJIL: Talk! In the field of artificial intelligence, the spectacle of the ‘killer robot’ looms…

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  • Jul032018

    Quick Comment on UK Draft Data Retention and Acquisition Regulations 2018 and the Definition of ‘Serious Crime’ for Bulk Surveillance Powers

    The UK Government has published the Draft Data Retention and Acquisition Regulations 2018, which propose changes to the Investigatory Powers…

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  • Jun192018

    The Call for Radical Transparency, Meaningful Accountability and Commitment to Remedy – David Kaye’s Report on Content Regulation

    On 6 April 2018, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and…

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  • Jun192018

    Finding Trump with Neural Networks

    This post originally appeared on Medium When the President tweets, how do we know who is really behind the keyboard? With a trained…

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  • Jun152018

    Google’s new principles on AI need to be better at protecting human rights

    Originally published by The Conversation on 15 June 2018. There are growing concerns about the potential risks of AI –…

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  • Jun052018

    Cambridge Analytica is more than a data breach – it’s a human rights problem

    Originally published in The Conversation on 4 June 2018. The closure of Cambridge Analytica following the revelations about its use…

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  • May302018

    Locating Human Rights in the Critical Analysis of Algorithmic Decision-Making: A Brief Commentary on the Science and Technology Committee Report on Algorithms in Decision-Making

    The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recently released the Fourth Report of Session 2017-2019 on ‘Algorithms in decision-making’. The release…

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  • May212018

    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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  • May172018

    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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  • May172018

    Police are using big data to profile young people, putting them at risk of discrimination

    Originally published in The Conversation on 16 May 2018. Amnesty International has raised a series of human rights issues in…

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  • May152018

    Big Data Can Strengthen UPR Monitoring and Promote Improved Policies

    The UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) operates a five-year cycle for all countries to demonstrate compliance with…

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  • Mar292018

    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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  • Mar192018

    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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  • Feb082018

    Smartphone data tracking is more than creepy – here’s why you should be worried

    Published on The Conversation on 7 February 2018. Smartphones rule our lives. Having information at our fingertips is the height…

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  • Sep052017

    ‘Doxing’ and White Nationalists’ Right to Privacy

    Introduction The recent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia between rival protestors over a statue memorialising a general in the Confederate Army…

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  • Aug292017

    Big Data and Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal 3: Not Counting Those Left Behind?

    The latest global initiative to address the vast inequalities in the world, including health inequalities, is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…

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  • Aug082017

    Vicarious Trauma of the Private Counter-Terror Workforce: Extending the Duty of Care

    Communities used to gather on street corners, sidewalks, parks and public squares. Today, social media platforms are increasingly the forum…

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  • Jul272017

    Regulating Surveillance in the UK

    Originally published by the HUJI Cyber Security Research Center’s Cyber Law Program The surveillance practices of intelligence agencies, and in particular…

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  • Jul272017

    Amnesty International’s Tanya O’Carroll on privacy & the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ argument

    I recently interviewed Tanya O’Carroll, a Technology and Human Rights advisor at Amnesty International, to discuss government surveillance and its…

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  • Jul252017

    “People just don’t get it” – An interview with Kade Crockford of the ACLU of Massachusetts about why surveillance issues aren’t getting the attention they deserve

    The precarious state of privacy often fails to stir public attention. For example, the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA), a piece…

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  • 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

    Archived – Please note this blog series took place in the past and has been left here for reference purposes. Over…

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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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