Technology for human rights: New partnership between UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & Microsoft

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16 May 2017

Microsoft commits USD 5 million to ‘landmark’ United Nations technology partnership

Author: Paul Sawers, VB

Microsoft and the United Nations (UN) have announced a five-year “landmark” partnership to develop technology to “better predict, analyze and respond to critical human rights situations,” according to a statement issued today. Additionally, Microsoft will support work being carried out by the UN Human Rights Office by contributing $5 million to a grant in what the UN called an “unprecedented level of support” from a private organization.An example of the kind of technology the duo have been working on is an information dashboard called Rights View that gives UN employees access to real-time aggregated data on rights violations by country. This, it’s hoped, will “facilitate analysis, ensure early warning of emerging critical issues, and provide data to guide responses,” according to Microsoft...Speaking of Microsoft’s support, UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “This could be a truly groundbreaking agreement. The private sector has an essential role to play in advancing human rights, and this partnership with Microsoft demonstrates how we can join forces in a constructive way.”

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16 May 2017

Microsoft partners with the UN to track human rights abuses

Author: Devindra Hardawar, Engadget (UK)

In what's described as a "landmark" partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects..."As a global company that sees the problems of the world, we believe that we have a responsibility to help solve them," Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement. "We have an untapped opportunity to use the power of technology to collect data, analyze that data and equip the United Nations to advance human rights around the world."It was only a matter of time until the UN jumped on the big data analysis bandwagon...The software giant will also help the UN bring aboard other private companies to use their technology in positive ways, as well as promote the UN's "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights."...

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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

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR] today announced a landmark five-year partnership with Microsoft. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will provide a grant of USD 5 million to support the work of the [OHCHR]. This represents an unprecedented level of support from a private sector organization. A particular area of focus for the partnership will be the development and use of advanced technology designed to better predict, analyze and respond to critical human rights situations, which currently appear not only to be proliferating in many parts of the world – including areas previously viewed as stable – but also growing in complexity. The new partnership builds on a long-standing relationship between the [OHCHR] and Microsoft that is based on two shared ideas. The first is a commitment to ensuring technology plays a positive role in helping to promote and protect human rights. The second is a recognition of the need for the private sector to play a bigger part in helping to advance the cause of human rights globally. “As a global company that sees the problems of the world, we believe that we have a responsibility to help to solve them,” said Brad Smith, President of Microsoft.

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16 May 2017

UN Human Rights Office Announces Landmark Partnership with Microsoft

Author: Naharnet Newsdesk

...The new partnership builds on a long-standing relationship between the UN Human Rights Office and Microsoft that is based on two shared ideas. The first is a commitment to ensuring technology plays a positive role in helping to promote and protect human rights. The second is a recognition of the need for the private sector to play a bigger part in helping to advance the cause of human rights globally...While in some cases technology may contribute to human rights challenges, it also has an important role to play in tackling abuses. The grant from Microsoft will help establish technology that has a positive impact, for example by developing and deploying new technology solutions specifically designed to advance the mission of the UN Human Rights Office and protect human rights...Microsoft will work closely with the Office to help promote broader adoption and implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...Microsoft will also provide support for human rights advocacy and outreach campaigns through concrete support for the work of the UN Human Rights Office in key areas like freedom of expression, data protection and privacy, and inclusion. This includes direct support for the development and promotion of corporate principles for tackling LGBTI discrimination in the workplace in line with international human rights standards...

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