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5 Mar 2014

Annabel Short, Program Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Blog: "Information technology - the power and responsibility of business"

This week human rights experts, business people and government representatives are gathered at RightsCon in California to discuss the links between human rights and the tech industry – the immense potential of technology to help realize human rights, and also the risks of abuses and how to pre-empt them...Three defining themes are emerging at the intersection of technology and human rights: 1. Weakness of government protections – and prevalence of corporate complicity in government violations...2. The fast-changing nature of technology, and of human rights risks...3. The importance of technology to the human rights movement as a whole. [Refers to Amesys (part of Bull), AOL, Facebook, Twitter, Vodafone, Yahoo!]

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Press release: With power comes responsibility - Technology firms face increasing expectations to respect human rights

Amesys lawsuit (re Libya)