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Talking tech and human rights

Rights Rights and Freedoms

We are watched like never before. Governments, corporations and others are using new technologies to gather huge amounts of information about us. How will this unprecedented surveillance affect our human rights?

The Australian Human Rights Commission will co-host international human rights leader, Kenneth Roth, at a public talk in Sydney next month to consider this issue and other emerging human rights challenges.

Mr Roth will also explore the global challenge of refugees and mass displacement, and the rise of populist leaders.

Based in Geneva, Mr Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading human rights organisations, operating in more than 90 countries.

He will be joined by Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow for a RightsTalk from 5.30pm on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 at the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre.

“As we see the rise of new technology, we need to be having serious conversations about fair access, privacy and other human rights issues,” Commissioner Santow said.

“This year, the Australian Human Rights Commission will start a major new project on human rights and technology. As one of the most thoughtful and respected human rights leaders in the world, Ken Roth’s voice on these issues needs to be heard.

“We are thrilled to be co-hosting him with University of Sydney Law School, as he discusses this and other pertinent human rights challenges.”

This event is free and open to the public but spaces are limited.

Registration is available here.

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