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.

  • Nov292018

    HRBDT at 2018 Freedom Online Conference, Berlin

    On 29 November 2018, Lorna McGregor attended the 2018 Freedom Online Conference in Berlin, organised by the Freedom Online Coalition. …

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  • Nov292018

    International Expert Conference on Human Rights of Older Persons, Vienna

    On 12 November 2018, Lorna McGregor attended an International Expert Conference on Human Rights of Older Persons. The conference took…

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    HRBDT
Nov26
UN austerity and human rights report highlights Big Data risks in the UK
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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Oct23
ALMA-ATA at 40: Its Values are Relevant to the Data Economy
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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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