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28 Feb 2014

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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[PDF] With power comes responsibility: Technology firms face increasing expectations to respect human rights

Today Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launched a briefing highlighting the human rights responsibilities of information and communications technology (ICT) companies around the world. The briefing is launched in advance of RightsCon, a major gathering of human rights experts, business people and government representatives in Silicon Valley from 3-5 March, organized by Access. Technology is a powerful tool for human rights. The 10-page briefing calls on ITC firms everywhere to maximize their positive contribution to human rights, and to avoid abuses. With the ever-increasing scrutiny of ITC companies’ conduct – much of this enabled by the internet itself – and the growing availability of practical guidance on how to do the right thing, there is little excuse for inaction.

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