Technology and human rights - advances by business

Below you will find practical examples of how technology companies are working to advance human rights. See also our Technology and Human Rights portal, which explores the latest developments related to artificial intelligence, automation, digital freedom, and the gig economy.

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12 July 2017

Kenya: Google unveils free tools to safeguard upcoming elections by protecting public interest organisations from cyber attacks

Author: Kenfrey Kiberenge, Business Daily (Kenya)

"Google unveils free tools to safeguard Kenya elections"...

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16 May 2017

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & Microsoft: new partnership marks unprecedented level of support by business

Author: Rupert Colville & Ravina Shamdasani, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

"Technology for human rights: UN Human Rights Office announces landmark partnership with Microsoft", 16 May 2017...

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25 April 2017

Spirit of activism is never far away from world's most dynamic businesses, says Brunswick Group

Author: Jon Miller & Lucy Parker in Brunswick Review: spotlight on business & society, Brunswick Group (UK)

"Terms of the social contract", Apr 2017...

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7 April 2017

USA: Twitter sues federal govt. to protect identity of govt. critic

Author: Alex Johnson, NBC News

"Twitter Sues Feds to Keep Anti-Trump Admin User ‘ALT_USCIS’ Anonymous", 6 Apr 2017...

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7 April 2017

USA: Twitter sues govt. over request to reveal identity of account, citing free speech

Author: Dave Lee, BBC News

"Twitter sues US over anti-Trump account", 6 Apr 2017...

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28 March 2017

Blog: Shrinking civic freedoms - How does this affect businesses, and what role can they play?

Author: Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, in World Economic Forum Agenda

"Civil rights are under attack. Here’s why the business world should care", 27 Mar 2017...

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15 January 2017

USA: 600+ investors & companies call on Trump administration to take action on climate change & low-carbon economy

Author: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor (UK)

“Top US investors and companies unite to promote low carbon future ahead of Trump inauguration”, 10 January 2017...

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12 January 2017

Germany: CEO initiative encourages companies to facilitate integration of migrants

Author: Patrick McGee, Financial Times

“German billionaire rallies business to migrant cause”, 8 January 2017...

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23 December 2016

USA: 2678 employees of tech companies take a stance on proposed Muslim registry, vow to protect privacy & engage in responsible whistleblowing

Author: Leigh Honeywell, Never Again Tech

We, the undersigned, are employees of tech organizations and companies based in the United States. We are engineers, designers, business executives, and others whose jobs include managing or processing data about people. We are choosing to stand in...

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21 December 2016

US tech firms say they will not help govt. build registry of Muslims, if asked

Author: Nick Statt, Verge (USA)

Apple, Google, and Uber join list of tech companies refusing to build Muslim registry, 16 Dec 2016...

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