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Unlocking the Potential for Digital Technology to Enable Human Rights @ RightsCon 2019

Jun 12, 2019
  • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Adean (Palais), Tunis, Tunisia

The Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) has published a report on Enabling Rights, showing the potential of digital technology to enable civil, political, and economic rights. Building on the report findings, the goal of this session will be to coordinate the collective capabilities of digital technology industry leaders and human rights professionals and social innovators to accelerate and scale up the development and application of technology enabling human rights. The workshop will be on the role digital technology can perform in protecting civil, political, and economic rights across a range of issues such as enhancing supplier accountability and empowering workers to protect their rights; addressing human trafficking; supporting traceability; protecting land rights; and bringing those that abuse human rights to justice. The Workshop will discuss ways technology can support these rights; discuss on how to effectively develop technology solutions; and discuss ways to ensure that technology is developed in a way that accounts for and respects human rights.


  • Sarah Altschuller - Business & Human Rights Counsel, Verizon
  • Amanda Champi - Global Human Rights and Supply Chain, AT&T
  • Scott Edwards - Senior Adviser, Amnesty Intenational 
  • Vijay Simhan - Investments Manager, Humanity United

RightsCon is where the world’s business leaders, technologists, engineers, investors, activists, human rights experts, and government representatives come together to build partnerships, shape global norms, showcase new technologies, and confront the most challenging issues at the intersection of human rights and technology. More than an event, RightsCon is a global community with thousands of leading voices across stakeholder lines. It is an energizing reminder of the existence of a powerful global digital rights community that is determined to defend human rights and keep the internet open and free.

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