Technology & Human Rights

Collaborating partners: OpenGlobalRights and University of Washington Rule of Law Initiative

Technology can be a powerful tool for human rights. Newer technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain have the potential to make significant positive contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights. At the same time, rapid developments in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics raise serious questions about potential impacts on human rights and the future of work, as well as who will benefit and lose from their expansion.

This blog series explores the human rights risks posed by new and emerging technologies, the role of business, and how the human rights field can respond.

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Apps and traps: why dating apps must do more to protect LGBTQ communities

Repressive states are manipulating dating apps to find and target LGBTQ individuals, and app companies must take responsibility for reducing the risks to their users.

Afsaneh Rigot, Programme Officer, Article 19 


FIFA 2018: digital rights are (finally) playable

Mega events like the Olympics and the World Cup are bringing digital rights concerns under increased scrutiny.

Peter Micek, General Counsel, Access Now


Addressing the potential human rights risks of the "Fourth Industrial Revolution"

Technology has the power to free us from drudgery or to decimate livelihoods, and the choices that governments and companies make will often determine the difference.

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and Christen Dobson, Senior Project Lead and Researcher at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


As artificial intelligence progresses, what does real responsibility look like?

Artificial intelligence is disrupting how we live, work, do business, and govern—but what mechanisms can guide responsible behavior without stifling innovation?

Dunstan Allison-Hope, Managing Director, Business for Social Responsibility, and Mark Hodge, independent advisor and research fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Business 



The "new green"? Business and the responsible use of algorithms

Algorithms have long aided decision-making, but as artificial intelligence gains greater autonomy, businesses need guidelines and regulations to ensure that this new technology does not violate human rights.

Matthew Fenech, Research and Advocacy Consultant on artificial intelligence (AI)


Artificial intelligence can be a boon for businesses, but can it protect workers?

Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming business models, but labor rights and other human rights issues are often lost amidst these quick changes. Can we teach machines to incorporate human rights concerns?

Emre Eren Korkmaz is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development

We welcome submissions (including responses to any of the blogs on this page) from all stakeholders. To submit a blog to this series please contact:

Christen Dobson, Senior Project Lead & Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

dobson [at]

Archana Pandya, Co-Director, OpenGlobalRights

apandya [at]