Digitalisation has strong human rights implications – both positive and negative as digital technologies are finding its way into many of the areas that “traditional” duty-bearers were implementing and overseeing, such as facial recognition in policing; AI based profiling models in individual case handling and recruitment in the public sector; information distribution through social media by authorities; internet banking; digital identity systems etc. These trends pose several human rights challenges, which human rights organisations, including National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), need to address. However, their capacity to respond is rather limited. Reasons for lack of such human rights response are various, including lack of capacity, expertise or awareness. An operational Digital Rights Coalition will support NHRIs in getting empowered to raise to this challenge.
Consolidating the role of NHRIs in the digital age to better protect and promote digital rights and freedoms. The AC furthermore aims to capacity-build, raise awareness and convene stakeholders in the field.
Activities undertaken include regular virtual meetings, development of a reflection tool that will help its members to define their role in protecting and promoting human rights digitally to be launched in the beginning of 2023, mailing list with regular sharing of information.