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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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  • Mar302018

    Accounting for the Most Vulnerable: Ensuring Big Data Works for Sustainable and Inclusive Development

    This post originally appeared on the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) website. This contribution is published as…

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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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  • Dec012017

    UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017 – Addressing Access to Remedy in the Digital Age: Corporate Misconduct in Sharing and Processing Personal Data

    2017 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights  Addressing Access To Remedy In The Digital Age: Corporate Misconduct In…

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  • Nov302017

    HRBDT at the 2017 UN Business and Human Rights Forum

    On 27 November 2017, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, together with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic…

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  • Oct122017

    Submission to the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

    In September 2017, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project made a submission to the House of Lords Select Committee…

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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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  • May282017

    Algorithmic Decision-Making and Human Rights

    This post originally appeared on the Human Rights Centre Blog. ‘Man Vs. Machine’. ‘How algorithms rule the world’. ‘How algorithms rule…

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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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  • Jan302017

    HRBDT at the 2017 Computers, Data Protection and Privacy Conference

    On 26 January 2017, Pete Fussey spoke on a panel on ‘AI, Ethics and Privacy’, organised by the 4TU.Centre for…

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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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  • Dec072016

    Using Technology to Facilitate Human Rights Work

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

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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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  • 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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