UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee invites inputs on opportunities & challenges of new & emerging digital technologies on rights

In July 2019, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution entitled, “New and emerging digital technologies and human rights”. In this resolution, the Council requested that the Advisory Committee prepare a report on the possible impacts, opportunities and challenges of new and emerging digital technologies with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights and to present the report to the Council at its forty-seventh session.

The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee invites inputs from key stakeholders on this topic via the questionnaire below by 15 October 2019. Inputs should be sent via email, mail, or fax to the following address:

Secretariat of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

OHCHR - United Nations Office at Geneva

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: +41 22 917 9011

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19 August 2019

Advance edited version: New and emerging digital technologies and human rights resolution

Author: UN Human Rights Council

... Mindful that the possible impacts, opportunities and challenges of rapid technological change with regard to the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights, including in cases where changes may occur at an exponential pace, are not fully understood, and of the need to further analyse them in a holistic, inclusive and comprehensive manner... Requests the Advisory Committee to prepare a report... on the possible impacts, opportunities and challenges of new and emerging digital technologies with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights... Decides to convene a panel discussion at its forty-fourth session on the impacts, opportunities and challenges of new and emerging digital technologies with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights.

... Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to organize the above-mentioned panel discussion and to liaise with relevant stakeholders, including Member States, international and regional organizations, the Advisory Committee, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, the human rights treaty bodies, other relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes within their respective mandates, national human rights institutions, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and academic institutions, with a view to ensuring multi-stakeholder participation in the panel discussion.

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19 August 2019

Questionnaire on new and emerging digital technologies and human rights

Author: UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

Core questions (for all stakeholders)

  1. In what ways do new and emerging digital technologies help to protect and promote human rights? How can the positive benefits of these technologies be realized?
  2. What are some of the key human rights challenges arising from new and emerging digital technologies? How can these risks be mitigated? Do new and emerging digital technologies create unique and unprecedented challenges or are there earlier precedents that help us understand the issue area?
  3. Is the existing international human rights framework adequate to safeguard human rights in an era of rapid technological innovation? Why or why not? If not, what types of reforms are needed? ...

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18 August 2019

Call for input: New and emerging digital technologies and human rights

Author: UN Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

In its resolution, the Council requested the Advisory Committee to prepare a report, from within existing resources, on the possible impacts, opportunities and challenges of new and emerging digital technologies with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights, including mapping of relevant existing initiatives by the United Nations and recommendations on how human rights opportunities, challenges and gaps arising from new and emerging digital technologies could be addressed by the Human Rights Council and its special procedures and subsidiary bodies... [T]he Human Rights Council Advisory Committee invites inputs from Member States and other stakeholders... [T]he Advisory Committee prepared the attached questionnaire on the topic to facilitate the submission of inputs for the report. The Secretariat of the Advisory Committee would be grateful if any information you wish to provide could be submitted by 15 October 2019...

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