Information and communication technology (ICT) has proved to be a key enabler of many human rights. But there are profound questions about how to respect and protect human rights in the digital age.
IHRB identifies and analyses challenges to human rights arising from the use of ICTs, in particular impacts on freedom of expression and privacy. We recommend actions companies, civil society and governments can take to protect human rights in the digital realm, which in turn affects human rights in the real world.
Our past projects have focused on hate speech in Kenya, global surveillance reforms, cybersecurity exports, the growing ICT sector in Myanmar, and network shutdowns in Pakistan.
IHRB is currently exploring the global phenomenon of big data, which has the potential to do a lot of good but raises concerns about how governments and companies should act responsibly in the collection, storage, processing and sharing of data.
The UDHR was written with pen and paper, not laptops and cloud storage. We need to better understand how our rights can be protected in the digital age.
08 May 2018
- Submission: Civil Society Urges Businesses & Governments Put Human Rights at Core of UN Sustainable Development Goals Implementation
- Report: Telecommunications and Human Rights - An Export Credit Perspective
- Report: Data Brokers and Human Rights - Big Data, Big Business
- Meeting Report: Safeguarding Rights in the Big Data Revolution
15 November 2018
- Event: The History and Future of the Business and Human Rights Movement
- News: Mobile Network Shutdowns Declared Illegal in Pakistan
- News: New course on Business and Human Rights in Norway - Rafto, IHRB, University of Bergen
- News: IHRB at the 2016 UN Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights
16 October 2019
- Commentary: Rights and Wrongs - A Job Description for Facebook’s Human Rights Policy Director
- Commentary: The Gig Economy Doesn’t Have to be an Exploitative Economy
- Commentary: Rights and Wrongs - Can Machines Override Human Judgment on Air Safety?
- Commentary: Reflections on the Pakistan Ruling Banning Network Shutdowns
07 November 2016
04 August 2016
15 January 2016