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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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14 October 2016

New report highlights how companies have stood up for individuals and civil society organisations

Author: London School of Economics & Charities Aid Foundation

Beyond Integrity, a new report produced by CAF, in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), examines how some companies are going above and beyond their traditional role to protect civic space. Key findings ...

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12 July 2016

Access Now welcomes statement on shutdowns by telecoms and internet giants

Author: Access Now

Today leading internet and telecommunications giants issued a strong rebuke of the use of internet shutdowns worldwide. The Global Network Initiative (GNI) and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue — which include company members AT&T, Google,...

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7 April 2016

"CEO activism" on social issues is having a political impact, says New York Times op-ed

Author: Aaron K. Chatterji, Fuqua School of Business at Duke Univ., and Michael W. Toffel, Harvard Business School, in New York Times (USA)

"The Power of C.E.O. Activism", 1 April 2016...

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10 December 2015

Safe and enabling operating environment is important for both human rights defenders and businesses, says ISHR's director

Author: Phil Lynch, Director, International Service for Human Rights

"Business and human rights defenders: A safe and enabling operating environment for all", 10 Dec 2015...

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12 October 2015

Open for Business initiative promotes positive business & economic case for equality

Open For Business is a coalition of global companies making the case that inclusive, diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth. The purpose of the coalition is to promote a positive business and economic case for equality...

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12 October 2015

Report: "The Economic and Business case for global LGB&T inclusion"

Author: Open for Business

Open, inclusive and diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth. This report presents the evidence base that supports this: it demonstrates that businesses thrive in tolerant societies and that the spread of anti-LGB&T...

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17 June 2015

“What human rights?" - Why some companies speak out while others don’t

Author: Mauricio Lazala & Joseph Bardwell, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Companies can be a powerful voice in the protection of the vulnerable in repressive countries, particularly where abuses are taking place linked to their industry and when they are major investors. Unfortunately, many companies remain unwilling to...

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1 June 2015

Despite the odds: Businesses speaking out for human rights

Author: Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

...Recently, we have seen a proliferation of repressive laws and practices deployed by an increasing number of states, and an increase in the criminalisation of human rights defenders and other civil society actors. Companies’ responses are at odds...

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21 August 2014

"How social media is fighting back" against terrorist propaganda after killing of journalist

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25 June 2014

Vodafone releases transparency report

Vodafone releases a "transparency report", providing information on governmeent requests for user information in 29 countries.

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