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UNITED NATIONS

Human Rights and
Digital Technology

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Welcome to the United Nations Hub for Human Rights and Digital Technology. As our world becomes ever-more digital, there is a greater need for our rights to be respected both online and offline. The UN has been considering how our valuable human rights protections apply in the digital space. You can find the full scope of key texts, including standards, analysis, and recommendations emerging from the United Nations human rights mechanisms, on this site.

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"Together, as we seek to recover from the pandemic, we must learn to better curtail harmful use of digital technology and to better unleash its power as a democratizing force and an enabler."

UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL
ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

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Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide

Special Rapporteurs

Impact of the digitalization of education on the right to education

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Koumbou Boly Barry, in which she addresses the risks and opportunities of the digitalization of education and their impact on the right to education.

2022

Privacy, Data and Surveillance

Special Rapporteurs

Privacy and personal data protection in Ibero-America

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Ana Brian Nougreres

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide

Human Rights Council

Impact of the COVID-10 pandemic on the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl

Report presented at the 50th session of Human Rights Council

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance, Security -Counter-Terrorism; Business and Private Sector

Human Rights Council

Protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests during crisis situations

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; SDGs and Digital Divide,

General Assembly

Sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material, Mama Fatima Singhateh

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business and Private Sector

Special Rapporteurs

Reinforcing media freedom and the safety of journalists in the digital age

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide

Working Group

Girls' and young women's activism

Report of the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls

2022

SDGs and Digital Divide

Human Rights Council

Human rights implications of COVID-19 pandemic on young people

Report presented at the 51st session of HRC, which examines in detail ways to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic on the human rights of young people, including the systemic barriers they face in regards to education, employment, social security, health and participation.

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide; Business and Private Sector; Security - Counter-Terrorism

Human Rights Council

Internet shutdowns: trends, causes, legal implications and impacts on a range of human rights

Report presented at the 50th session of HRC that provides an overview of trends in Internet shutdowns. It contains an analysis of their causes and the legal implications and the impact on human rights thereof, the roles of companies, the existing efforts to promote Internet connectivity and provide development aid, and the relevance of such efforts for detecting, preventing and responding to shutdowns, as well as a set of recommended measures for ending shutdowns and minimizing their impact.

2022