Rights, Regulation and Remedies

Work Stream One focuses on how technology and big data are reshaping the conceptualisation of rights in today’s digital age. It provides an insight into the nature of, and connections between, the positive and negative human rights implications of technology and big data and maps the existing and developing legal responses at the international and multi-stakeholder forum levels.

Work Stream One acts as a hub for Work Streams Two to Four. As well as providing the overarching frameworks within which the other Work Streams will work, it assesses outputs from Work Streams Two to Four, identifying areas of connectivity and analysing and proposing solutions to challenges highlighted by the following overarching and cross-cutting themes:

  • The scope and meaning of human rights in a digital age;
  • Developing methodology for the investigation of the positive and negative uses of technology and big data; and
  • Regulation of State and non-State actors in the use of technology and big data.

Work Stream One feeds back into Work Streams Two to Four, shaping their activities and providing wider context, knowledge and a more informed basis for the approaches developed in each thematic area.


Submission to the WSIS+10 Review

The Zero Draft and Human Rights Issues

Submission to the WSIS+10 Review

The Draft Outcome Document and Human Rights Issues

Submission to OHCHR

Ways to Bridge the Gender Digital Divide from a Human Rights Perspective

Working Paper - Hiding in Plain Sight?

The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ and Search Engines in the Context of International Data Protection Frameworks

(K Garstka and D Erdos, forthcoming in Report of the 2017 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility)

Submission to the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

A Human Rights-Based Approach to the Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence

Platform Regulations: How Platforms are Regulated and How They Regulate Us

Official 2017 Outcome of the UN IGF Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility

(Chapters authored by Krisztina Huszti-Orban, Krzysztof Garstka and David Erdos)


From Cyberpunk to Regulation

Digitised Memories as Personal and Sensitive Data within the EU Data Protection Law

(Krzysztof Garstka, Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law)



  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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University of Cambridge
Eye Witness Media
FXB Center for Health & Human Rights
Human Rights Data Analysis Group
Universal Rights Group
World Health Organisation
Geneva Academy