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Welcome to the United Nations Hub for Human Rights and Digital Technology. As our world becomes ever-more digital, so does the need for our rights 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.

"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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Civic space and content governance

Human Rights Council

Freedom of opinion and expression

Resolution 12/16, Freedom of opinion and expression,

2009

Civic space and content governance ; Privacy, surveillance, data

Special Rapporteurs

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

Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kay, Report presented to the 41st session of the HRC in 2019 on the private surveillance technologies and human rights, especially the right to freedom of opinion and expression

2019

Civic space and content governance

Special Rapporteurs

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

Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kay, Report presented to the 38th session of the HRC in 2018 on the regulation of user-generated online content, along with a supplementary annex providing an overview of submissions received in preparation of the report (A/HRC/38/35/Add.1). https://undocs.org/A/HRC/38/35/Add.1

2018

Civic space and content governance

Special Rapporteurs

Importance of new communication technologies in facilitating and organizing peaceful assemblies

Report presented to 23th session of the HRC in 2013 on the funding of associations and the ability to hold peaceful assemblies, including the importance of new communication technologies in facilitating and organizing peaceful assemblies

2013

Civic space and content governance ; Privacy, surveillance, data

Special Rapporteurs

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

Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kay, Report presented to the 38th session of the HRC in 2018 in follow up to the Rapporteur�s prior report to the HRC in 2015 (A/HRC/29/32) on the use of encryption and anonymity to exercise the rights to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age, examining new trends and issues since the initial report

2015

Civic space and content governance

Special Rapporteurs

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

Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue

2011

Civic space and content governance

Human Rights Council

Panel on freedom of expression on the internet

Decision 18/119, Panel on freedom of expression on the internet,

2011

Civic space and content governance ; Artificial Intelligence

Special Rapporteurs

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

Report presented to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in 2018 on the implications of artificial intelligence technologies for human rights in the information environment, focusing in particular on rights to freedom of opinion and expression, privacy and non-discrimination

2018

Civic space and content governance ; Privacy, surveillance, data

Special Rapporteurs

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

Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kay

2017