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.


Background Paper on Consent Online - June 2019

This paper briefly introduces the background to the development of consent models and illustrates some of the key issues that must be addressed to close the gap between the intended goals of consent and the current practice.

Submission to the WSIS+10 Review

The Zero Draft and Human Rights Issues

Submission to the WSIS+10 Review

The Zero Draft and Human Rights Issues

Submission to the WSIS+10 Review

The Zero Draft and Human Rights Issues

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)


Internet Intermediaries and Counter-Terrorism: Between Self-Regulation and Outsourcing Law Enforcement

Krisztina Huszti-Orban

10th International Conference on Cyber Conflict Proceedings



Submission to OHCHR

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age



Human Rights in a Digital Age Conference, Geneva

Conference Paper – 24 May 2018



  • May302018

    Locating Human Rights in the Critical Analysis of Algorithmic Decision-Making: A Brief Commentary on the Science and Technology Committee Report on Algorithms in Decision-Making

    The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recently released the Fourth Report of Session 2017-2019 on ‘Algorithms in decision-making’. The release…

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  • May212018

    Four ways your Google searches and social media affect your opportunities in life

    By Lorna McGregor, Daragh Murray and Vivian Ng Originally published in The Conversation on 21 May 2018. Whether or not you realise…

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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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