The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Advancing Human Rights and Humanitarian Responses

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Health and Human Rights

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Surveillance and Human Rights

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project

Rights Implications, Regulation and Remedies

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Advancing Human Rights in the Era of Big Data

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, we analyse the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data, artificial intelligence and associated technologies from a human rights perspective

About Us

Based at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, the Project’s multidisciplinary team analyses the opportunities for, and challenges to, human rights posed by big data, artificial intelligence and associated technologies.

Our Research

Our research focuses on four key areas: surveillance, health, advancing human rights and humanitarian responses, and overarching rights-implications, regulation and remedies.

Our Impact & Engagement

Our research engages four key stakeholder groups: corporations, human rights and humanitarian non-governmental organisations, international human rights and humanitarian institutions, and States.

  • May022019

    HRBDT at panel on Protecting Privacy, Free Expression and Democracy

    On 16 April 2019, Lorna McGregor moderated a multi-stakeholder discussion panel on “Protecting Privacy, Free Expression and Democracy”, at The…

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  • Mar262019

    HRBDT Public Panel Discussion: “Algorithmic Accountability and Human Rights” 26 March 2019

    On 26 March the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project hosted a panel discussion at The Royal Society on “Algorithmic…

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Jun18
AI for Good but Good for All?
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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Mar26
HRBDT Public Panel Discussion: “Algorithmic Accountability and Human Rights” 26 March 2019
HRBDT Public Panel Discussion: “Algorithmic Accountability and Human Rights” 26 March 2019

On 26 March the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project hosted a panel discussion at The Royal Society on “Algorithmic…

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Our Partners

Queen Mary University of London
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