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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Author: Dunstan Allison-Hope, Jacob Park and Michael Rohwer, BSR
"Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly, thanks to ever-more-powerful computing, massive growth in the availability of digital data, and increasingly sophisticated algorithms......
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- Related companies: Google (part of Alphabet)
Fiji: Blockchain technology joint pilot project launched to address illegal fishing practices and human rights abuses in Pacific Islands tuna industry
Author: Candice Visser & Quentin Hanich, the Conversation
"How blockchain is strengthening tuna traceability to combat illegal fishing", 22 January 2018...
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New CEO activism: business leaders are defending rights by raising awareness & leveraging economic power
Author: Aaron K. Chatterji & Michael W. Toffel, Harvard Business Review (USA)
"The New CEO Activists", January 2018...
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Author: Kieran Guilbert, Global News (Canada)
"Airbnb vows to crack down on sex traffickers using its properties as brothels," 18 February 2018...
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- Related companies: Airbnb Uber
Author: Niraj Chokshi, The New York Times
YouTube said this week that it would... ban videos that promote either the construction or sale of firearms and their accessories... “While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around...
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Author: Brad Smith, Microsoft Blog
"Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility", 13 July 2018...
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Commentary: Global Network Initiative has contributed to improvements in ICT companies' respect for human rights over the past 10 years
Author: Michael Samway, Medium
"GNI: A Journey of Trust and Making Common Cause" 16 October 2018...
Australia: WWF partners with tech cos. to track supply chains involved in environmental harm & human rights abuses
The World Wide Fund (WWF) in Australia is partnering with technology companies to track supply chains and help stop illegal, unsustainable fishing practices and curb human rights abuses such as slavery. Media reports are linked below.