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.
26 September 2017
- 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
News & Events
07 August 2017
- News: IHRB at the 2016 UN Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights
- News: Five Years On - IHRB Reflects on the State of Business and Human Rights
- Event: Safeguarding Rights in the Big Data Revolution - Wilton Park
- News: IHRB Welcomes Susan Morgan as Research Fellow
Commentary & Podcasts
18 December 2017
- Podcast: Usha Ramanathan on Big Data
- Commentary: Facebook’s Problem with Political Ads - Can Human Rights Due Diligence Help?
- Commentary: Overcoming the “Exit Challenge” - Why We Need New Forms of Social Contract
- Commentary: The Challenge of Criminalising Hate Speech
07 November 2016
04 August 2016
15 January 2016