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  • Nov252021

    New Research Paper: Caught in the Act? An analysis of Germany’s new SIGINT reform

    A newly published research report analysing democratic governance of foreign intelligence collection in Germany calls for comprehensive rights-based intelligence reform.…

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  • Aug092021

    The Relationship Between Big Tech and Policing is Shielded Behind Commercial Confidentiality – It’s a Problem

    This article by Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou originally appeared on The Conversation website on 4 August 2021. For over ten years, public…

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  • Mar252021

    GCHQ’s Ethical Approach to AI: An Initial Human Rights-Based Response

    This post originally appeared on the about:intel website on 5 March 2021. The UK’s intelligence and security agency (GCHQ) recently…

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  • Mar232021

    New Economic Considerations for Investing in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

    On 23 March 2021, Prof Sonia Bhalotra joined leading economists, biomedical and social science experts and public health leaders at…

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  • Mar152021

    CIPER Features Article on Preliminary Research Findings by Sonia Bhalotra and Co-authors on Domestic Violence in Chile During Lockdown

    A report undertaken by Prof Sonia Bhalotra and co-authors including Damian Clarke and Pilar Larroulet, Emilia Brito and Francisco Pino…

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  • Dec092020

    A shadow pandemic of domestic violence: The potential role of job loss and unemployment benefits

    This blog by Sonia Bhalotra originally appeared on VoxEU website on 13 November 2020. There has been a global surge…

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  • Nov302020

    Unmasking Covid: Inequalities, Innovations and Impact

    Wednesday 2 December 2020 1:00 – 4:30pm Register for online event here   Staff and students from the Tavistock and…

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  • Nov162020

    Mapping people, knowledge and data in times of Crisis

    20 November 2020, 6.00pm – 7.30pm Hosted by Damien Short (ICwS, University of London) and presented by the School of…

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  • Oct292020

    Surveillance Arbitration in the Era of Digital Policing

    In their latest article, published in Theoretical Criminology (29 October 2020), Professor Pete Fussey and Dr Ajay Sandhu analyse the…

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  • Oct132020

    ‘Assisted’ Facial Recognition and the Reinvention of Suspicion and Discretion in Digital Policing

    Automated facial recognition (AFR) surveillance has emerged as a particularly controversial technology among the growing armoury of digital policing tools. …

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  • Sep112020

    Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

    The expertise and leading-edge research of three Essex academics has informed a landmark judgment on police use of facial recognition.…

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  • Sep012020

    AI’s Role in COVID-19 Poses Human Rights Risks Beyond Privacy

    Blog written by Carmel Williams. It should come as no surprise that artificial intelligence (AI) is being positioned as significant to…

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  • Aug042020

    The ‘Uberization of Policing’? How Police Negotiate and Operationalise Predictive Policing Technology

    Predictive policing generally refers to police work that utilises strategies, algorithmic technologies, and big data to generate near-future predictions about…

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  • Jul082020

    Policy Briefing on the Escalation of Domestic Violence During the Covid-19 Related Lockdown

    Social distancing in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic has led to millions of families the world over being…

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  • Jun222020

    A Conversation with U.N. Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed: Covid 19 and Freedom of Belief

    This interview first appeared in Just Security on 18 June 2020. Ryan Goodman, Just Security‘s co-editor-in-chief, recently posed a series of…

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  • May192020

    Knowing all of the law, all of the time – responding to Covid 19

    This post originally appeared on the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law website on 14 May 2020. As Paul White has…

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  • Apr302020

    Contact-tracing Apps and Human Rights

    This post originally appeared on the EJIL: Talk! blog. The Covid-19 pandemic engages the full spectrum of states’ human rights…

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  • Jan142020

    Assessing failures of universal health coverage in a regime where the state can be held accountable- the case of Colombia

    This blog originally appeared in Spanish on: Foco económico: un blog latinoamericano de economía y política Sonia Bhalotra (University of…

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  • Dec312019

    Investigating Opportunities and Threats to the Right to Health in a New Data-driven Economy

    A key part of HRBDT’s research is investigation into how data analytics and AI technologies can promote and hinder human…

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  • Dec312019

    Creating Human Rights principles for intelligence oversight

    Research has continued on intelligence oversight with ongoing collaboration with the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office. This initiative comprised a number…

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  • Dec312019

    Exploring the Demands for Data and Technology by the Users of Digital Policing

    Researchers Daniel Marciniak and Prof Pete Fussey have completed an ethnography of digital policing in the New Orleans Police Department…

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  • Dec312019

    Reporting on Live Facial Recognition Trials

    In July, Prof Pete Fussey and Dr Daragh Murray published their Independent Report of Metropolitan Police Service’s trials of Live…

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  • Dec312019
    12th Asia Human Rights Forum, Seoul, South Korea

    Ensuring Individuals and Groups can Access Justice and Remedies where Their Rights have been Affected by the Use of AI

    A major part of HRBDT’s research is on access to justice and remedies for individuals and groups whose human rights…

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  • Dec312019

    Ensuring that Human Rights are central to AI regulation and governance

    A key part of HRBDT’s work is to show how human rights are both affected by the design, development and…

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  • Dec312019

    Collaborating with the United Nations

    A major focus of the HRBDT project is contributing to the articulation of how human rights standards apply to AI,…

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  • Nov282019

    The Key to a Sustainable Digital Future; Human Rights Safeguards

    In a recent article published by the European Financial Review Sabrina Rau explored some of the risks to individuals in…

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  • Nov272019

    Live facial recognition: the impact on human rights and participatory democracy

    This blog by Dr Daragh Murray originally appeared on The University of Essex’s website on 7 November 2019. Live facial recognition (LFR)…

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  • Jun182019

    AI for Good but Good for All?

    The Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao opened the third “AI for Good Summit” in Geneva…

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  • Apr232019

    Google’s pay audit and the meaning of ‘equality’

    This blog was originally published on the Human Rights Centre Blog. In March of this year, Google found that they were…

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  • Mar282019

    The need for clear governance frameworks on predictive algorithms in military settings

    This post originally appeared on the Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog. Editor’s note: In this post, as part of the AI blog…

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  • Mar272019

    How Essex informs global humanitarian debates

    This blog by Professor Geoff Gilbert originally appeared on The University of Essex’s website on 21 March 2019. Our human…

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  • Dec172018

    Those pop-up ‘I agree’ boxes aren’t just annoying – they’re potentially dangerous

    Have you noticed the increasing number of pop-ups asking you to consent or “agree” when you visit a website? Do…

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  • Dec122018

    An End to PFI/PF2 – Implications for the Right to Health

    On 29thOctober 2018, Philip Hammond delivered a Conservative Budget declaring an end to austerity and outlining plans for a post-Brexit economy.…

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  • Nov262018

    UN austerity and human rights report highlights Big Data risks in the UK

    Big Data and artificial intelligence are, perhaps surprisingly, a featured highlight in the UN expert’s report on extreme poverty in…

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  • Oct232018

    ALMA-ATA at 40: Its Values are Relevant to the Data Economy

    In 1978 when the Alma-Ata Declaration called on urgent action by all governments to protect and promote the health of…

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  • Oct162018

    Free, Informed and Unambiguous Consent in the Digital Age: Fiction or Possibility?

    On 10 July, the Human Rights, Big Data, and Technology Project (HRBDT) co-hosted an event in London with the Law…

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  • Sep152018

    Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom – Some initial thoughts

    On Thursday, 13 September 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down their decision in Big Brother Watch and…

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  • Sep042018

    A Brief Review of the OHCHR Consultation on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) conducted a consultation on the right to privacy…

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  • Aug172018

    How Does Content Moderation Affect Human Rights? Commentary on the Case of Infowars

    On 6 August 2018, Apple, Facebook and Spotify removed content from Alex Jones’s Infowars pages and accounts on their platforms, which were…

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  • Aug062018

    Right to health impact assessments needed before using Big Data

    Big Data is transforming health care in multiple ways, from patient management to diagnostic and treatment methods. These new technologies…

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  • Aug032018

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

    Artificial intelligence’s (AI) impact on society demands scrutiny of the ways in which it is designed and deployed. Debates have…

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  • Jul232018

    What Next After the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Revelations?

    On 2 July 2018, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) Project co-hosted a panel discussion with the International…

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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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