Human rights in the digital age: Making digital technology work for human rights

by Geneva Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Bajo la lupa: democracia, Policy reports, Reportes

The seventh  Glion Human Rights Dialogue (Glion VII), organised by the Governments of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and the Universal Rights Group (URG), in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Fiji, Iceland, Mexico, the Seychelles and Thailand, was held on 3-4 December 2020 and considered the topic: ‘Human rights in the digital age: Making digital technology work for human rights.’ In particular the Glion VII …

New corporate ‘Treaty Body’ gears up to consider Facebook’s decision to bar Donald Trump

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

As reported in the New York Times , its members include two people who were reportedly on presidential shortlists for the US Supreme Court, a Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a British Pulitzer Prize winner, a former UN Special Rapporteur, Colombia’s leading human rights lawyer, and a former prime minister of Denmark. Welcome to the Facebook Oversight Board, operational since October 2020 (Mark …

Advertisers and social media companies strike a deal to address harmful content

by Aurore Lentz, Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

Following months of negotiations, the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), a consortium of companies including major brands of consumer goods and media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, reached an agreement earlier this trimester to adopt a common framework on harmful content in the context of advertisement. By defining sensitive or harmful content in a unified manner across the industry, this agreement would make …

France’s watered-down anti-hate speech law enters into force

by the URG team Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog, In Focus: Human rights and religion

On 1 July a new French law entered into force that aims to regulate online hate speech. Known as the ‘Avia law’ after Laetitia Avia, the parliamentarian who drafted the original bill, the final law was significantly watered down during its passage through the lower house of parliament and the Senate, following opposition from free speech activists. Then, in an …

‘The stakes couldn’t be higher’: social media, disinformation, and the survival of democracy

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

On 11 June United States Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden posted the following tweet : He accused Facebook of failing to enact any real reforms to combat disinformation on its platform, with his campaign releasing an open letter for people to sign emphasising the role that disinformation – spread on Facebook – could have on the coming 2020 presidential election …

The UN Secretary-General calls for countering a ‘tsunami of hate’ in the wake of COVID-19

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

On May 8 the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched a global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Hate Speech . A few days later, the UN published a Guidance Note on Addressing and Countering COVID-19 related Hate Speech . Both of these follow (and can build upon) steps taken by the UN in response to COVID-19, as well as the 2019 UN Plan of Action on Hate Speech . The SG’s appeal also comes amid an increased awareness of how hate speech and discrimination …

Desinformación, noticias falsas y discursos de odio

Los ataques a la integridad de las elecciones democráticas no son solo un problema en el Sur Global. En democracias establecidas como el Reino Unido y los Estados Unidos, la interacción del populismo y la tecnología (ver más abajo), en un contexto de leyes y mecanismos electorales obsoletos, ha llevado a un aumento de la información errónea, las ‘noticias falsas’ …

La Estrategia y Plan de Acción de la ONU contra el discurso de odio: combatiendo a la discriminación, la hostilidad y la violencia

by Rodrigo Saad, former Universal Rights Group - NYC Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

“El discurso de odio es un desafío a que ningún país está inmune”, afirmó Adama Dieng, Asesor Especial para la Prevención del Genocidio, en el evento de lanzamiento de la Estrategia y Plan de Acción de la ONU sobre el Discurso de Odio . La estrategia para el sistema ONU fue lanzada en un contexto de niveles crecientes de xenofobia, racismo e intolerancia de manera general en todo el mundo. Esta tendencia ha sido amplificada por …