Digital freedom

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Technology is a powerful tool for human rights. Through its reach and influence in all parts of the planet come opportunities for better lives. But information and communications technology (ICT) companies can also be involved in major human rights abuses: either by committing them directly, or by facilitating abuses by governments and other firms.

In this "Big Issue" area of our website you can use the navigation on the left, to:

Keep track of latest developments, and find out about key initiatives in the field like Rebecca MacKinnon's "Ranking Digital Rights" project and the "Digital Dangers" project of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, as well as sector-wide projects such as the Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

You can learn how technology companies are responding or failing to respond - to allegations of human rights abuses.  Since 2005, we have invited companies in all sectors to provide public responses to civil society concerns about their human rights conduct.  Over that time, the proportion of overall approaches that are to firms in the ICT sector has trebled.

We also provide access to guidance for companies on how to manage their human rights impacts throughout their operations.  And examples of company's efforts to advance human rights, such as Yahoo's human rights impact assessments, Microsoft's implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and Vodafone's transparency report on requests it receives from governments for users' data.  For more examples see the advances by ITC companies section.

Our 2014 Briefing Paper on this sector highlights key human rights issues for ICT firms: censorship; surveillance; privacy; broadening acesss; supply chain impacts and children's rights.

Briefing Paper 

Please get in touch with any questions, or suggestions of additions to this "Big Issue" on our site: Christen Dobson, dobson (at) business-humanrights.org.

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Artigo
26 September 2017
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História
7 August 2017
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Ahead of the Kenyan elections on 8th August, Access Now released an open letter asking Kenyan telecoms companies not to comply with any request from the government to shut down the internet. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Safaricom...

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Artigo
7 August 2017
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Autor: Access Now

... In response to media pressure, Kenyan officials have called an election shutdown “unlikely.” This is encouraging. However, Kenya has a history of post-election violence, and an outbreak could lead officials to disrupt networks if they believe it is...

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Artigo
3 August 2017
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Autor: Access Now

Today Access Now called on The Blackstone Group to halt its pending deal with NSO Group, a purveyor of surveillance technology that has been used by governments to spy on activists around the world... Access Now is circulating a public petition calling...

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Artigo
3 August 2017
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Autor: Citizen Lab

Today Citizen Lab sent an open letter to Blackstone Group LP concerning recent reports that Blackstone is in talks to acquire a $400 million, 40% stake in NSO Group Technologies... We sent this letter in order to draw the attention of Blackstone Group...

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Artigo
31 July 2017
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Autor: DGZ, Arc Info (Suisse)

« Etats-Unis: une société va implanter une puce électronique à ses employés », 27 juillet 2017...

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História
4 July 2017
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A report from civil society organizations documented that journalists, anticorruption activists and human rights defenders denouncing forced disappearances and sexual abuses were spied - allegedly by the Mexican government- using the Pegasus software...

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Artigo
20 March 2017
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Autor: Perrine Signoret, Le Monde (France)

"Facebook et Instagram interdisent l'utilisation de vos données « à des fins de surveillance »", 14 mars 2017...

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Artigo
31 January 2017
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Autor: Klint Finley, Wired

"Half the Web Is Now Encrypted. That Makes Everyone Safer", 30 Jan 2017...

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Artigo
3 August 2016
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Autor: Salil Tripathi, Institute for Human Rights and Business

[Milo Yiannopoulos] took on Leslie Jones, the actor in the major Hollywood summer release, Ghostbusters. Jones is an African-American woman, and not only did Yiannopoulos heap scorn on her, but his vitriol encouraged his rabid followers to insult Jones...

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