On 16 February 2018, Catherine Kent, Sheldon Leader and Sabrina Rau participated in a workshop convened by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) on ‘New Technology and Human Rights Project Development’. The workshop aimed at exploring the intersections between new technologies and human rights across a range of dimensions relevant to inclusive, sustainable development, such as employment, social security, health care, migration, gender and inequality.
The event identified and discussed key questions and areas of research on the issues of human rights and new technology. Participants from academia, civil society and international organisations discussed how to incorporate a human rights-based approach to the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and developed ideas for collaborative research to further explore these issues. For more information on the workshop, please see here.
Following this workshop, Sheldon Leader and Sabrina Rau wrote a blog for the UNRISD Think Piece Series on ‘Accounting for the Most Vulnerable: Ensuring Big Data Works for Sustainable and Inclusive Development‘.