Technology and Human Rights

We are working to answer one of the most critical questions facing the world today: what do our human rights look like in the digital age?

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Last updated on July 10, 2023

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What is the problem?

We believe it’s time technology puts people and human rights first.

We investigate. We campaign. We work to change policy. We fight for justice. We hold the powerful to account. We’re setting the agenda for the future of human rights and technology to:

  1. Rewire the internet to put people and human rights first, ensuring Big Tech is effectively regulated to protect human rights, and companies are more transparent and more accountable.
  2. Resist the use of technology to silence activists, preventing unlawful surveillance, censorship and internet shutdowns.
  3. Rewrite the code to protect human rights, ensuring discrimination and bias are no longer programmed into algorithms that make life-changing decisions about us.

What is the solution?

Our team focuses on holding Big Tech and social media companies like Alphabet (Google), Meta (Facebook), TikTok, and Twitter accountable. We focus on the harm Big Tech’s surveillance business model causes – and we campaign to ensure these companies are effectively regulated to protect human rights, while also pushing these companies to become more transparent and more accountable. 

Our every move – what we read, who we know, where we go, even what we think – is constantly tracked by a handful of powerful companies, including Meta and Google.

The more time we spend scrolling on their platforms, the more data they collect and the more money they can make. This surveillance business model leads to the amplification of inflammatory and hateful content with devastating real-world consequences.

We also focus on the broader intersection of technology and inequality, as well as the ways technology impacts reproductive rights. Finally, we also focus on the human rights impacts of new and emerging technologies.