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

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20 July 2016
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Autor: Can Sezer & David Dolan, Reuters

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31 May 2016
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Autor: Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times

"Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents", 29 May 2016...

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13 November 2015
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Autor: Delphine Cuny, L'Obs et Rue 89 (France)

« Google protégerait mieux vos « droits numériques » que Facebook », 4 novembre 2015...

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21 September 2015
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4 August 2015
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Autor: Kukil Bora, International Business Times

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15 May 2015
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Autor: Andrew Griffin, Independent (UK)

Facebook is scoffing at European privacy laws by tracking people, and they should take action to ensure that they are safe from its surveillance, the Belgian government’s privacy watchdog has said. Facebook will not reveal how it uses data, the commit...

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8 May 2015
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Autor: Peter Micek & Deji Olukotun, Access

"Internet kill switches are a violation of human rights law, declare major UN and rights experts", 4 May 2015...

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7 May 2015
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Autor: Association française pour les Nations Unies

Issue 38 (2015-1) of L’Observateur des Nations Unies will address the following theme: “Human rights 2.0: What protection in the digital age?” AFNU – Aix-en-Provence releases to this end a call for papers...Contributions may adopt the following...

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6 May 2015
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Autor: Association française pour les Nations Unies

Le volume 38 (2015-1) de L’Observateur des Nations Unies sera consacré au thème suivant :«Droits de l’homme 2.0 : quelle protection à l’ère numérique ? ». L’AFNU [Association française pour les Nations Unies] – Aix-en-Provence lance à cet effet un...

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