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    Home About Search Results UNITED NATIONS Human Rights and Digital Technology Resource Hub ABOUT 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. About "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 BROWSE BY THEME General Resources Civic Space and Content Governance Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Artificial Intelligence Discrimination and Equality Security - Counter-Terrorism SDGs and Digital Divide Business and Private Sector General Resources Civic Space and Content Governance Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Artificial Intelligence Discrimination and Equality Security - Counter-Terrorism SDGs and Digital Divide Business and Private Sector General Resources Civic Space and Content Governance Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Artificial Intelligence Discrimination and Equality Security - Counter-Terrorism SDGs and Digital Divide Business and Private Sector General Resources Civic Space and Content Governance Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Artificial Intelligence Discrimination and Equality Security - Counter-Terrorism SDGs and Digital Divide Business and Private Sector Out of gallery Explore Themes NEW SEARCH Use the search bar below to find materials on specific issues. You may also explore different themes by clicking on the boxes below. New materials will be added regularly. Main Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice Continue 2021 SDGs and digital divide Special Rapporteurs Digital interventions and tele-health Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Tlaleng Mofokeng 2021 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business - Private Sector Working Group Military and security products and services in cyberspace and their human rights impacts Report of the Working group on the human rights impacts of mercenaries, mercenary-related actors and private military and security companies engaging in cyberactivities 2021 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality Human Rights Council Use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the enjoyment of the right to privacy and associated rights Report the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance; SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs Safe digital space for women's equal enjoyment of freedom of opinion and expression Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan 2021 Read More Discrimination and Equality Special Rapporteurs Racial and Xenophobic discrimination and the use of digital technologies in border and immigration enforcement Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance Special Rapporteurs Report on disinformation Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan 2021 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Special Rapporteurs Privacy and COVID19 Report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph A. Cannataci, on the impact of measures to combat COVID-19 on data protection, technology and surveillance 2021 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs COVID-19, culture and cultural rights, including digital cultural life and the issue of digital divide Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, presented to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Business - Private Sector Special Rapporteurs Report on the Freedom of Thought Report of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed 2021 Read More The Human Rights and Digital Technology Hub was developed as part of the UN Secretary-General's Call to Action for Human Rights

  • Resource: Business and Private Sector | Human Rights Digital

    Business and Private Sector Business and Private Sector What does human rights due diligence and corporate responsibility to respect human rights mean in the digital age? Use the search bar below to find materials on the Business and Private Sector Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business - Private Sector Working Group Military and security products and services in cyberspace and their human rights impacts Report of the Working group on the human rights impacts of mercenaries, mercenary-related actors and private military and security companies engaging in cyberactivities 2021 Read More Business - Private Sector Special Procedures Technology and corporate respect for human rights Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises 2019 | Report presented to the 41st session of the HRC in 2019 on the 7th annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, which includes a chapter on technology and corporate respect for human rights 2019 Read More Business - Private Sector Special Procedures Corporate human rights due diligence Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises 2018 | Report presented to the 73rd session of the UNGA in 2018 on business and government action to advance the implementation of corporate human rights due diligence as set out in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, noting that new technology offers the promise of innovative solutions for improving the way human rights impacts are tracked down the supply chain; that significant innovations involve technology to enable workers? voices to be heard, which can enhance both due diligence and remediation approaches, including in supply chains; that Collaborative initiatives are also being explored in several sectors to use blockchain technology to monitor impacts at all nodes in the supply chain; but that at the same time, when using technology, due consideration needs to be given to the risks of undermining good practice 2018 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Business - Private Sector Special Rapporteurs Report on the Freedom of Thought Report of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed 2021 Read More Business - Private Sector; Discrimination and equality; Special Procedures Use of new technologies by business enterprise and the impacts on women's human rights Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises 2019 | Report presented to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council on integrating a gender perspective in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which provide, under Principle 13, that business enterprises should ensure that new technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation do not have disproportionate adverse impacts on women's human rights 2019 Read More Privacy, surveillance, data; Civic space and content governance; Business and private sector Human Rights Council Freedom of expression, State regulation, and the private sector in the digital age Report presented to 32nd session of the HRC in 2016 on the freedom of expression, State regulation, and the private sector in the digital age addressing, among other things, content regulation, internet shutdowns, net neutrality, and surveillance as well as digital security, along with submissions by States and civil society on the topic. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/FreedomOpinion/Pages/Privatesectorinthedigitalage.aspx 2016 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Business - Private Sector Working Group Border security technologies and monitoring services, including the use of biometric data Impact of the use of private military and security services in immigration and border management on the protection of the rights of all migrants: Report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination 2020 Read More Business - Private Sector Special Procedures Technology and corporate respect for human rights Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises presented to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in 2019 on the 7th annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, which includes a chapter on technology and corporate respect for human rights 2019 Read More Business - Private Sector; Civic space and content gobvernance; SDGs - Digital divide Special Procedures Copyright law and policy from the perspective of the right to science and culture Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights - 2015 - Report presented to the 28th session of the HRC in 2015 on copyright law and policy from the perspective of the right to science and culture, emphasizing both the need for protection of authorship and expanding opportunities for participation in cultural life 2015 Read More

  • About | Human Rights Digital

    UN Photo/Evan Schneider 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. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations ABOUT Digital technologies provide new means to advocate for, defend, and exercise human rights. They shape in many ways how people access and share information, form their opinions, debate, and mobilise – they have deeply transformed the “public square”. But they are equally used to suppress, limit and violate rights, for instance through surveillance, censorship, and online harassment. This is especially true for those who are already vulnerable or have been left behind, or those who are seeking to defend and promote human and civil rights. The digitalisation of our societies has, in many instances, eroded social protections, deepened inequalities, and exacerbated existing discrimination, in particular through the use of technologies such as facial recognition, robotics, digital identification and biotechnology. AI-enabled tools in particular can cause profound harm in the absence of fairness, accountability, explainability and transparency. Meanwhile, many of the human rights tools established in a pre-digital era are not automatically-> immediately compatible with the digital sphere and have to be adapted and updated in order to meet the many protection gaps created by constantly evolving digital technologies. The aim is a world in which everyone benefits from these profound advances and new frontiers. To that end, we will advocate for the application of the human rights framework in the digital space. In 2020, the Secretary-General launched two landmark initiatives that respond directly to the evolving digital era – A Call to Action for Human Rights , and a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation . Each features digital human rights as crucial to a fair, safe and dignified future for humanity. This online resource hub is a direct response to both initiatives. Compiling the reports, analysis, and recommendations from the United Nations human rights mechanisms that seek to address human rights issues in the digital age, the hub provides an ever-expanding library of relevant and reliable guidance to the global UN family, Governments, the private sector, civil society and the public. In conjunction with the hub, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is developing system-wide guidance for human rights due diligence in the United Nations’ use of new technologies to ensure compliance with human rights principles and standards. Further guidance on how human rights standards apply in the digital age is also being developed, including through the Human Rights Council, the special procedures and treaty bodies, OHCHR and other stakeholders. Regularly check this space for developments. EXPLORE

  • Resource: Privacy, Surveillance, Data | Human Rights Digital

    Privacy, Surveillance, Data Privacy, Surveillance, Data What does the right to privacy mean in the digital age? The digital age challenges traditional notions of privacy. Digital technologies enhance the capacity of States, companies and individuals to conduct surveillance, interception and data collection. What is the human rights framework applicable to the development, use, and sale of surveillance technologies? What are the human rights standards that should regulate data collection, storage and use? And what are the human rights safeguards that need to be put in place? Use the search bar below to find materials on Privacy, Surveillance, and Data Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business - Private Sector Working Group Military and security products and services in cyberspace and their human rights impacts Report of the Working group on the human rights impacts of mercenaries, mercenary-related actors and private military and security companies engaging in cyberactivities 2021 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Business - Private Sector Special Rapporteurs Report on the Freedom of Thought Report of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed 2021 Read More Privacy, surveillance, data Special Rapporteurs Elements that are needed to set a rights-based global agenda Report presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on the elements that are needed to set a rights-based global agenda for advancing the right to mental health, discussing digital surveillance 2020 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Special Rapporteurs Privacy and COVID19 Report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph A. Cannataci, on the impact of measures to combat COVID-19 on data protection, technology and surveillance 2021 Read More Privacy, surveillance, data Special Rapporteurs Protecting against gender-based privacy infringements Report presented to the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council on protecting against gender-based privacy infringements, noting that privacy infringements happen in multiple, interrelated and recurring forms facilitated by digital technologies, in both private and public settings across physical and national boundaries. Online privacy infringements, reflect and extend offline privacy infringements. Digital technologies amplify their scope and intensify their impact 2020 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance Special Rapporteurs Situation of human rights defenders online Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, on priorities and working methods 2020 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality Human Rights Council Use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the enjoyment of the right to privacy and associated rights Report the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Business - Private Sector Working Group Border security technologies and monitoring services, including the use of biometric data Impact of the use of private military and security services in immigration and border management on the protection of the rights of all migrants: Report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination 2020 Read More Privacy, surveillance, data Special Rapporteurs Persisting impunity for human rights violations Report presented to the 74th session of the UNGA on the persisting impunity for human rights violations committed against human rights defenders and the challenges that exist in combating it, noting that digital attacks require complex investigations and most States have the resources to acquire technology and powerful software that can be used in digital attacks on human rights defenders and that the existence of legislation restricting access to public information and the lack of independent accountability mechanisms makes it impossible to determine how the acquired technology is being used, let alone establishing responsibility, and recommending that States should establish independent to monitor and investigate the use of digital technologies for surveillance, to ensure that any such use is consistent with the principles of legality, necessity and legitimacy of objectives and that companies that sell surveillance technology should refrain from doing so if there are indications that it is being used in ways that violate human rights 2019 Read More

  • Resource: Artificial Intelligence | Human Rights Digital

    Artificial Intelligence UN Photo/Manuel Elías Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence is part of the digital architecture, including in every corner of the internet, on digital devices, search engines and different online platforms. What are the human rights standards that apply to the design, development and use of artificial intelligence? What are the responsibilities of the State and what is the role of private companies in ensuring that the design and use of AI is in line with international human rights law? Use the search bar below to find materials on the Artificial Intelligence Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Artificial Intelligence; Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality Human Rights Council Use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the enjoyment of the right to privacy and associated rights Report the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination General Recommendation on Preventing and combating racial profiling by law enforcement officials. General Recommendation No. 36 2020 Read More SDGs - Digital divide; Discrimination and equality; Artificial Intelligence Special Rapporteurs Impact of predictive analytics on pre-trial decisions in the American criminal justice system Report presented to the 38th session of the HRC in 2018 on the Special Rapporteur's country visit to the United States of America from 1 to 15 December 2017 in which the Special Rapporteur addressed, among other things, human rights implications of so called coordinated entry systems on homeless persons, as well as the impact of predictive analytics on pre-trial decisions in the American criminal justice system 2018 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Business - Private Sector Special Rapporteurs Report on the Freedom of Thought Report of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed 2021 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Working Groups Data for racial justice Working Group of experts on people of African descent, 2019, Report presented to the 42nd session of the HRC in 2019 on the Working Group's 23rd and 24th sessions held in Geneva, Switzerland, which focused on the theme Data for racial justice, summarizing discussions on, among other things, the potential racial bias that artificial intelligence and algorithms may have, including in the criminal justice sector 2019 Read More 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 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Special Rapporteurs Racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies Report presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies 2020 Read More Artificial Intelligence General Assembly Implications of artificial intelligence technologies for human rights 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 Read More

  • Resource: Discrimination and Equality | Human Rights Digital

    Discrimination and Equality UN Photo/Mark Garten Discrimination and Equality What are the State and private sector responsibilities in ensuring that no groups are left behind in their right to enjoy human rights online and through digital technologies? How should States and companies ensure that digital technologies do not have a discriminatory impact on particular groups? How should States ensure that digital technologies do not aggravate existing inequalities? What are some of the measures that should be put in place to eliminate existing digital divides, based on age, gender, disabilities, socio-economic status, and place of residence? Use the search bar below to find materials on Discrimination and Equality Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Discrimination and Equality Special Rapporteurs Racial and Xenophobic discrimination and the use of digital technologies in border and immigration enforcement Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More SDGs - Digital divide; Discrimination and equality; Secretary-General Role of new technologies for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights Question of the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in all countries: the role of new technologies for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights 2020 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Special Rapporteurs Racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies Report presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies 2020 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality Human Rights Council Use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the enjoyment of the right to privacy and associated rights Report the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More SDGs - Digital divide; Discrimination and equality; Special Rapporteurs Digitalization of education Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on the impact of the coronavirus disease crisis on the right to education, focusing also on the digitalization of education and recommending that: Governments should consider the massive arrival of private actors through digital technology as a major danger for education systems and the right to education in the long term. They should ensure, including through the adoption of appropriate regulation, that the increased role of the private sector will not lead to the capture of limited public resources for education by commercial entities seeking to profit from the crisis, the collection of learners and teachers data or advertising directed at children and youth. Education and learning solutions should be developed as a public good, without commercial or other restrictive licenses that threaten the enjoyment of the right to education and deepen inequalities 2020 Read More Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination General Recommendation on Preventing and combating racial profiling by law enforcement officials. General Recommendation No. 36 2020 Read More Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Artificial Intelligence; Discrimination and equality; Business - Private Sector Special Rapporteurs Report on the Freedom of Thought Report of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed 2021 Read More Civic space and content governance; Discrimination and equality; Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration General Recommendation No. 38 2020 Read More Discrimination and Equality Special Rapporteurs Development and use of emerging technologies in ways that are uniquely experimental, dangerous and discriminatory in the border and immigration enforcement context. Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, presented to the 75th session of General Assembly 2020 Read More

  • Resource: Security - Counter-Terrorism | Human Rights Digital

    Security - Counter-Terrorism Security and Counter-Terrorism Counter terrorism and security measures increasingly involve the use of digital technologies, such as mass surveillance, various forms of profiling and the use of drones, which may place particular groups, including minorities, migrants and human rights defenders at particular risk. What are the international human rights standards that apply to the use of digital technology by law enforcement? What are the human rights standards applicable for legislation and use of counter-terrorism measures involving digital technologies? Use the search bar below to find materials under the on Security and Counter-Terrorism Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Privacy, Data, and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business - Private Sector Working Group Military and security products and services in cyberspace and their human rights impacts Report of the Working group on the human rights impacts of mercenaries, mercenary-related actors and private military and security companies engaging in cyberactivities 2021 Read More Security - Counter-Terrorism Special Rapporteurs Cybertorture Report presented to the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council on psychological torture, encouraging the interpretation of the prohibition of torture in line with contemporary possibilities and challenges arising from emerging technologies and exploring, in a preliminary manner, the possibility and basic contours of what could be described as "cybertorture" 2020 Read More Security - Counter-Terrorism Special Rapporteurs Issue of targeted killings through armed drones Report presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council addressing the issue of targeted killings through armed drones, particularly in light of the proliferation in the use of drones and their expanding capability over the last five years and makes recommendations designed to regulate their use and enhance accountability 2020 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance; Security - counter-terrorism Human Rights Council Civil society space: engagement with international and regional organizations Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council 2020 Read More Civic space and content governance ; Security - Counter-Terrorism Special Rapporteurs Issue of targeted killings through armed drones Report presented to the 44th session of the HRC in 2020 addressing the issue of targeted killings through armed drones, particularly in light of the proliferation in the use of drones and their expanding capability over the last five years and makes recommendations designed to regulate their use and enhance accountability 2020 Read More Security - Counter-Terrorism; Civic space and content governance Special Rapporteurs Terrorism and violent extremism on civic space Report presented to the 40th session of the HRC on the impact of measures to address terrorism and violent extremism on civic space and the rights of civil society actors and human rights defenders, examining, among other things, the use of the internet for terrorist purposes 2019 Read More Security - Counter-Terrorism Working Group Cyberoperations Report of the Working Group looking at the evolving forms, trends and manifestations of mercenaries and mercenary-related activities 2020 Read More Civic space and content governance; Security – Counter-Terrorism Special Rapporteurs Link between ICT and the sexual exploitation of children Report presented to the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council providing an overview of the Special Rapporteur's activities since her previous report, focusing on the link between ICT and the sexual exploitation of children 2020 Read More Civic space and content governance ; Security - Counter-Terrorism Special Rapporteurs Terrorism and violent extremism on civic space Report presented to the 40th session of the HRC in 2019 on the impact of measures to address terrorism and violent extremism on civic space and the rights of civil society actors and human rights defenders, examining, among other things, the use of the internet for terrorist purposes 2019 Read More

  • Resource: Civic Space and Governance | Human Rights Digital

    Civic Space and Content Governance Civic Space and Content Governance A significant part of today’s civic space is online, where individuals and groups express themselves, access information and engage with one another. How do human rights standards apply to State regulation of the online space and online content? What responsibilities do companies have to ensure that / in ensuring their platforms and their content moderation do not interfere with rights guaranteed under international law? How should States and companies approach hate speech, incitement, and disinformation online? Use the search bar below to find materials on Civic Space and Content Governance Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Civic Space and Content Governance; SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs Safe digital space for women's equal enjoyment of freedom of opinion and expression Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan 2021 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance; Security - counter-terrorism Human Rights Council Civil society space: engagement with international and regional organizations Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council 2020 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance Special Rapporteurs Sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material 2020 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance Special Rapporteurs Report on disinformation Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan 2021 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance Special Rapporteurs Combating violence against women journalists, including online violence Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences 2020 Read More Civic space and content governance Special Rapporteurs Protecting civic space worldwide Report presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council reflecting on ten years protecting civic space worldwide, affirming that technological advances such as facial recognition, artificial intelligence, hacking tools and digital identification, are posing complex challenges to association and assembly rights. Governments are increasingly cutting off access to the Internet and mobile networks to stifle mass demonstrations and silent dissident voices during elections. For many in civil society, the Internet is no longer a safe place, as they have become the growing targets of surveillance and online violence. The slow progress in addressing these challenges points to the urgent need to move beyond commitments to action and accountability 2020 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide; Civic Space and Content Governance Special Rapporteurs Disinformation and the right to science Report of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Marcos Orellana, presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More Civic space and content governance; Discrimination and equality; Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration General Recommendation No. 38 2020 Read More Civic Space and Content Governance Human Rights Council Impact of new technologies on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of assemblies Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented to the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council 2020 Read More

  • Resource: SDGs and Digital divide | Human Rights Digital

    Sustainable Development Goals and Digital Divide Sustainable Development Goals and Digital Divide What are the State and private sector responsibilities in ensuring that no groups are left behind in their right to enjoy human rights online and through digital technologies? How should States and companies ensure that digital technologies do not have a discriminatory impact on particular groups? How should States ensure that digital technologies do not aggravate existing inequalities? What are some of the measures that should be put in place to eliminate existing digital divides, based on age, gender, disabilities, socio-economic status, and place of residence? Use the search bar below to find materials on the Sustainable Development Goals and Digital Divide Main Theme arrow&v Cross-cutting Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2021 2021 Civic Space and Content Governance; SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs Safe digital space for women's equal enjoyment of freedom of opinion and expression Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan 2021 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide; Civic Space and Content Governance Special Rapporteurs Disinformation and the right to science Report of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Marcos Orellana, presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More SDGs - Digital divide; Discrimination and equality; Special Rapporteurs Digitalization of education Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education presented to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on the impact of the coronavirus disease crisis on the right to education, focusing also on the digitalization of education and recommending that: Governments should consider the massive arrival of private actors through digital technology as a major danger for education systems and the right to education in the long term. They should ensure, including through the adoption of appropriate regulation, that the increased role of the private sector will not lead to the capture of limited public resources for education by commercial entities seeking to profit from the crisis, the collection of learners and teachers data or advertising directed at children and youth. Education and learning solutions should be developed as a public good, without commercial or other restrictive licenses that threaten the enjoyment of the right to education and deepen inequalities 2020 Read More SDGs and digital divide Special Rapporteurs Digital interventions and tele-health Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Tlaleng Mofokeng 2021 Read More SDGs - Digital divide; Discrimination and equality; Secretary-General Role of new technologies for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights Question of the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in all countries: the role of new technologies for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights 2020 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide Working Group COVID19, systemic racism and global protests Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, presented to the 45th session of the Human Rights Council 2020 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs COVID-19, culture and cultural rights, including digital cultural life and the issue of digital divide Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, presented to the 46th session of the Human Rights Council 2021 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs Digital divides and indigenous peoples Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Jose Francisco Cali Tzay 2020 Read More SDGs and Digital Divide Special Rapporteurs Looking back to look ahead: A rights-based approach to social protection in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights submitted in response to resolution 44/14 of the Human Rights Council 2020 Read More

  • Resource: General Resource | Human Rights Digital

    General Resources General Resources In this section, you will find key Human Rights Council resolutions on human rights in the digital space and interaction between human rights and new technologies. The section also includes the Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and the Secretary-General’s report on The Age of Digital Interdependence. Use the search bar below to find materials under the General Resource category Main Theme arrow&v Source arrow&v Year arrow&v Reset Choice 2020 2020 General reference documents Secretary-General The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights ​ 2020 Read More General reference documents Secretary-General The Age of Digital Interdependence Report of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation ​ 2019 Read More General reference documents Human Rights Council The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet Human Rights Council, resolution 26/13, The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet, 2014 Read More General reference documents Secretary-General Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation ​ 2020 Read More General reference documents Human Rights Council The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet Human Rights Council, resolution 32/13, The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet 2016 Read More General reference documents Human Rights Council New and emerging technologies and human rights Human Rights Council, resolution 41/11, New and emerging technologies and human rights 2019 Read More General reference documents Human Rights Council The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet Human Rights Council, resolution 20/8, The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet 2012 Read More