The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the University of Essex, maps and analyses the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies from a human rights perspective. The Project assesses whether fundamental human rights concepts and the framework itself is adequate or needs to be revisited to meet the rapidly evolving technological landscape and the challenges to rights it poses. The project examines and critiques the existing regulatory regimes that apply to key actors such as states and corporations as well as making proposals to strengthen remedies for victims of human rights violations in this context. The focus is on understanding how human rights can adapt to the digital age, and developing practical solutions in this regard.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the Project will be publishing a series of blogs to introduce our work and to explore some of the promises and perils facing the protection and promotion of human rights in the digital age.
We will start later today with a post examining the promises of Big Data.
For more info on the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project see here.
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone.