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3:30 pm13 Mar

Technology for Democracy: Lessons learnt and the way forward for technology for democracy and human rights

Digital technology has fundamentally changed and is continuously reshaping the world. While digital transformation opens innovative avenues to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, digital technologies are also used to suppress, limit, and violate rights, disproportionately affecting marginalized groups and individuals. The potential created by the digital space can thereby only be realised when digital transformation is people-centred, protects human rights and leaves no one behind.

Drawing on lessons from UNDP’s work under the Denmark-led Technology for Democracy initiative, launched in November 2021, this event will share insights from UNDP and other experts on how digital technologies can support and strengthen democratic processes and reflect on how these lessons inform an agenda to advance rights-based, inclusive governance.

The event features two segments. The first segment will be opened by Denmark’s Tech Ambassador Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, followed by an expert ´fireside chat´ between Sarah Lister, Head of Governance, UNDP and Emrys Shoemaker, Senior Expert in Technology and Democracy. The fireside chat will showcase UNDP's and partners’ approaches on the use of technology to strengthen state-society relations, civic engagement, inclusion of youth and other often marginalized groups, as well as issues key to building a rights-based agenda moving forward.

The second segment will feature a multi-stakeholder panel discussion moderated by UNDP’s Chief Digital Officer Robert Opp, with the intent to bring forward perspectives from national governments, youth and private sector on the use of technology to strengthen democracy and rights-based, inclusive governance for sustainable development.
12:00 pm22 Sep

UNGA Side Event: Tech for Democracy – Problems, Progress and the Copenhagen Pledge

On 22 September, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Microsoft, and Access Now hosts the live streamed event Tech for Democracy – Problems, Progress and the Copenhagen Pledge alongside the 77th UN General Assembly in New York. The event will bring together senior leaders from across geographies and stakeholder groups based on their support for the Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy, launched by the Danish government last year.

The event will feature opening remarks by Microsoft President and Vice Chair Brad Smith followed by a keynote address from the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod. Subsequent panel discussions will feature leaders from government, industry and civil society exploring how digital technology can continue to be a force for improving lives and strengthening societies around the world in an inclusive manner. The event will culminate in the debut of a new AI art exhibit demonstrating how technology can empower human creativity.

Date and time: September 22, 12:00-2:30pm.
2:30 pm21 Jun

Side event - HRC50: How To Ensure Multistakeholder Action on Tech and Human Rights

Digital technologies hold great potential for enhancing civic engagement and promoting human rights. However, at the same time freedom on the internet is declining and civic space is shrinking – online and offline. This calls for joint action.

Together with ICNL, Google and OHCHR, Denmark is pleased to welcome you to a panel discussion on human rights in the digital age moderated by Denmark’s Tech Ambassador, Ms. Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen. The aim is to:

• to raise awareness of challenges and opportunities for the promotion and protection of human rights in the digital era in light of resolution 47/23 as human rights online must remain a prevailing priority for the Human Rights Council;
• to highlight the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation in order to realize the promise of digital technologies for human rights and development and in order to ensure that everyone benefits from the economic progress and advantages new technologies can bring;
• to identify concrete opportunities for States, the private sector, civil society and other relevant stakeholder to act in a concerted manner when addressing the challenges and opportunities arising from new technologies.
7:30 pm09 Jun

Encrypted apps that leave no one behind

Encrypted apps are a powerful tool to enable secure communication amongst human rights defenders who face restrictions due to their legitimate work. Yet, most of the existing technologies have challenges when it comes to inclusivity and accessibility; be that failure to meet the needs of peoples with disabilities, support different languages, etc..  

This RightsCon panel session builds on the discussions and work around encrypted apps under the Tech for Democracy initiative that was initiated in 2021. The work on encrypted apps aims at bringing together relevant stakeholders to ensure that accessible and inclusive encrypted communications technologies exist for all people who might wish to communicate privately. The panel will both discuss the existing needs, good examples of how to ensure accessibility and inclusivity of encrypted apps and allow for questions and inputs from participants.

Host institution: Global Focus

NB. The event is part of RightsCon. RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. To attend the conference you need to register. Go to to check out the different options.
6:15 pm09 Jun

"Who’s responsible here?!": Mapping relationships and responsibility across the digital technology ecosystem

The Tech for Democracy ( affiliated Action Coalition on Responsible Technology is working to improve human rights due diligence efforts and activities in relation to development and use of digital technologies. One of the workstreams of the Action Coalition is a digital technology ecosystem mapping. The UN Guiding Principles clarifies that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights and outlines varying approaches that reflect a business’ involvement in negative impacts. A critical first step for businesses is to understand their impacts, before then attempting to address or mitigate them. However, in the digital ecosystem it is challenging for any one business to do that without understanding the bigger picture context in which that company operates. By developing a common understanding of the digital technology ecosystem, the Action Coalition aims to provide a framework to improve understandings of digital ecosystem actors’ responsibilities and highlight possible actions, including collaborative and proactive measures, to address negative impacts.

Prior to the session, community lab participants will be able to engage with value-chain mapping materials and thinking produced by the Action Coalition, and the session will be used to take that work forward by ‘stress testing’ the draft mapping and to set the stage for further action. Community lab participants will be encouraged to offer their input on the draft materials and continue engaging with the Action Coalition beyond the session. Apart from the facilitators, a wider range of Action Coalition members representing various stakeholders will join the community lab, ensuring a rich discussion.

Host institution: BSR | Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) | Global Network Initiative (GNI)

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Please note: In order to ensure a more interactive, hands-on discussion, there is a cap of 60 participants on this community lab, which will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. The link to enter the waiting room for the session will be made available 5 minutes before the start time, and you will be notified by the technical moderator if you have been admitted. If all the seats are filled, no worries! There are plenty of other sessions and spaces in program for you to explore.

NB. The event is part of RightsCon. RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. To attend the conference you need to register. Go to to check out the different options.
3:30 pm09 Jun

Tech for Democracy: progress and prospects in the Year of Action

At RightsCon 2021, the Danish-led Tech for Democracy initiative was launched by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, which aims to bring together governments, civil society, tech companies, and multilateral organisations to make tech work for democracy and human rights, not against them.

With the Tech for Democracy conference on November 18 2021, a year of action was launched as part of a multistakeholder push to protect and promote democracy and human rights in the digital age. Six months into the Year of Action, it’s time to take stock.

This session builds on the global momentum since 2021, and aims to identify progress and prospects for Tech for Democracy in the Year of Action.

The session convenes leading stakeholders including central partners from civil society and tech industry involved in the Tech for Democracy initiative, working on identifying solutions and implement concrete actions.

To build common understanding for the array of global efforts focused on Tech for Democracy, the panel will consist of experts from government, civil society, the tech industry and multilateral organisations to articulate areas of focus, showcase progress and discuss prospects going forward.

By introducing participants to ongoing efforts and pilot projects, the objective of the session is to inspire further action.

Host institution: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

NB. The event is part of RightsCon. RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. To attend the conference you need to register. Go to to check out the different options.
3:30 pm09 Jun

Digital Rights Check: Avoiding unintended harms in digital for development projects

Modern life is increasingly driven by digital technologies. As digitalisation increases globally, governments and businesses have seen how digital tools can provide solutions to human rights issues in developing economies. This has led to increased investments in the development and implementation of digital solutions and projects aimed at contributing to the sustainable development goals (i.e. digital for development (D4D) projects). Such projects are however not risk-free, and as organisations, public or private, develop D4D projects they must be weary of the human rights risks and real-life impacts involved.

However, while these organisations might be experienced in identifying and addressing human rights risks of traditional development projects, there is a need to recognise the new risks that digital solutions present. Danish Institute for Human Rights and GIZ have developed the Digital Rights Check, ( ) a publicly available human rights guidance tool aimed at individuals working with D4D projects. The tool supports its users in the identification and mitigation of human rights risks.

In light of this, this community lab aims to do the following: Present the Digital Rights Check and discuss how it can be used, Identify D4D case studies that can be included in the tool, Debate the main human rights risks that should be addressed in relation to D4D projects

Identify how other stakeholders can use the Digital Rights Check or tailor it further (the tool can be tailored for other organisations and users).

Host institution: Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) | Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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NB. The event is part of RightsCon. RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. To attend the conference you need to register. Go to to check out the different options.
11:45 am09 Jun

Developing a tool to support national human rights institutions (NHRIs) become digital rights watchdogs

The session will seek to answer the key questions:

What do NHRIs need to be aware of to make their legal review practices more adequate to include digital rights?

How can NHRIs collaborate with external partners to improve legal review regarding digital rights and/or assist implementation of laws targeting company conduct within the technology sector?

How can the NHRI complaints-handling mandate supplement redress mechanisms already established and how can mechanisms be developed to bridge the gaps?

We seek the input from:

Civil society: How can NHRIs become more attentive to digital rights when executing these two mandate areas?

NHRIs: what are your experiences and needs in fulfilling your mandate concerning digital rights?

Private sector: How can NHRIs supplement the access to remedy pillar of the UNGPs?

Host institution: Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) | United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), B-Tech Project

NB. The event is part of RightsCon. RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. To attend the conference you need to register. Go to to check out the different options.
10:30 am09 Jun

Cybersecurity in the Mekong region

The session will be centered around the research Security in the Mekong Region commissioned and published by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA).

The research analyzes cybersecurity laws in the countries of the Mekong region of South East Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam) and how these are used to silence Indigenous activists.

The session will start with an introduction to the situation of Indigenous Peoples in Asia by a member of the Executive Council of AIPP, Ms. Nittaya Earkanna.

It will then be followed by a presentation of the research and its key findings and recommendations by Mr.Prabindra Shakya who edited the publication.

Finally, Indigenous activists from South East Asia will share their personal experiences and perspectives on the harassment of Indigenous activists with the use of cybersecurity laws.

The session will be facilitated by Mrs. Signe Leth from IWGIA. Session organizers will reserve some space for questions and answers. Fellow human rights defenders and activists from the audience will be invited to contribute with their personal experiences of operating in an environment where online activism is severely restricted by law.

Host institution: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) | International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

NB. The event is part of RightsCon. RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. To attend the conference you need to register. Go to to check out the different options.
2:00 pm23 May

Online Harassment of Women in Politics in Kenya

Denmark and KEWOPA are pleased to invite you to an ”EU Whole of Society” hybrid event on the issue of online harassment of women in politics in Kenya as a part of the Danish Tech for Democracy initiative.

The official campaign period for the elections in August 2022 will start on May 29th. It is vital that female candidates experience a level playing field. We expect that campaigning intensity will increase, also in the digital space, where it is easier for candidates to reach and engage voters. But digital technologies can also be misused to work against democracy.

Female political aspirants in Kenya are harassed through the use of technology and social media. This is a major disadvantage for female candidates and discourages women’s political participation. This calls for joint action ahead of the 9 August elections.

Click here to register for the webinar via Zoom.
2:00 pm09 May

Copenhagen Consultation: Action coalition on responsible technology

This Copenhagen Consultation brings together Danish as well as international stakeholders in a hybrid event (in Denmark and online), to discuss the Tech for Democracy Initiative, the Action Coalition and its workstreams.

In 2021, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated the Tech for Democracy Initiative.

The Action Coalition on Responsible Technology has been developed as a part of this initiative to bring together business, civil society, academia and governmental actors to further human rights considerations in the development and use of technology.

For the 2022 Year of Action, the Action Coalition is organising a number of activities under 3 workstreams:

Ecosystem Mapping
Stakeholder Engagement
Policy Coherence

14.00-14.30: Welcome and introductions. Tour de table introductions to off-and online participants
14.30-15.00: About the Tech for Democracy Initiative and the Action Coalition
15.00-15.15: Break
15.15-16.00: Roundtable discussion
A more detailed agenda and pre-reads will be shared closer to the date.

Registration: Please register via Teams.
10:00 pm03 May

Bridging Barriers to Transparency around Company and Government Data Practices

Join the Discussion with the Action Coalition on Meaningful Transparency supported by GNI and the Brainbox Institute.

Earlier this year (2022), a group of civil society actors representing a range of expertise, perspectives, and experiences came together to form the Action Coalition on Meaningful Transparency (ACT). ACT aims to bring together a wide range of academics, civil society organizations, companies, governments, and international organizations to: (i) clarify relevant definitions and terminology; (ii) map existing and identify missing efforts; (iii) share lessons learned; (iv) identify opportunities for alignment and coordination; and (v) produce recommendations for companies, donors, researchers, and governments.

This panel will present on the ACT’s work to-date and gather audience input and feedback to continue to shape its work going forward.

Please register here
9:00 am22 Apr

European Year of Youth - Participation, Democracy and Rights in a Digital World

Arranged by Nyt Europa.

Young people are important change-makers and are essential to building peaceful and democratic societies. 2022 is the European Year of Youth, where we strengthen the focus on youth participation in decision making processes in the Europe. This conference will also kick-start a larger initiative Young Europe – focusing on strengthening young people across Europe in discussing and participating in political processes. We have invited young people from across Denmark and a smaller group of young people from different European countries to participate in the conference and discuss democracy in a digital world with a variety of high-level political decision-makers. The different discussions and recommendations in this conference will furthermore be uploaded to the Conference on the Future of Europe platform, for concrete input on youth participation, democracy, and rights.

Agenda 9:00-10:00:

09.00 Welcome Folk High School Song

09.05 Opening by Nyt Europa and dialouge with Jonas Parello-plesner, Alliance of democracies

09.15 Panel discussion and debate about the challenges of fundamental rights and Democacy in a digitals sphere with Richard Walakira, alliance of democracie, Regitze H Rohlfing-Frederiksen, P.HD Copenhagen Universit, and Lauren Mason, European Youth Forum.

Moderated by Lykke Friis, Director of Think Europe.

Watch the recording of the conference here:
2:30 pm16 Mar

Renewing Democracy: A Global Partnership to end Online Harassment and Abuse

Social media platforms and other digital technologies have given rise to new forms of gender-based violence. Online violence threatens the safety and rights of individual women, girls, and members of other marginalized groups; and undermines the strength of democracies. Critically, the consequences of online gender-based violence spillover into the physical world.

Please join NDI and the U.S. Department of State for a panel showcasing the "Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse." The Global Partnership is building a global coalition to improve the prevention and response to online gender-based violence. Hear from experts from civil society, government, and more on we can stop the democratic deficit by ending online violence against women in politics and public life.

Welcome: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations

Co-Sponsor Speakers:
-Trine Bramsen, Minister for Gender Equality and Minister for Transport, Denmark
-Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
-Vicky Ford, Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, United Kingdom
-Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner, Australia

-Zina Alam, Media Specialist, UNFPA
-Fatima Mena Baide, Chief of Honduran Anticorruption Party
-Tracey Breeden, VP of Safety and Social Advocacy, Match Group
-Agita Pasaribu, Founder and CEO,

Moderator: Moira Whelan, Director for Democracy and Technology, NDI

Closing Remarks: Jennifer Klein, Co-Chair and Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council.