Digital technologies continue to transform almost every facet of our lives: innovations are shaping our democracies through impacts on political participation and electoral processes; reshaping access to education; reframing employment and notions of the workplace; revolutionising healthcare; stimulating communities within civil society and galvanising greater activism; and fostering new opportunities for economic development.
Notwithstanding the many positive effects of such a transformation, the pace of change, rapid advancement and swift implementation of many new technologies have to date highlighted significant concerns as to whether the existing framework at the international level to protect and promote human rights is apt to confront the nascent challenges society must resolve.
This panel discussion, co-organized with the Geneva Internet Platform, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Special Procedures, aims at generating debate and drawing attention to current challenges in the digital sphere. It also seeks to foster interest in developing effective strategies and methodologies that may serve to address future issues stemming from digitisation and advancements in tech and determine how best we can oversee the implementation of digital technologies so that they continue to realise their best possible contribution to the full enjoyment of human rights.
Panelists will notably:
A summary report on the discussions held and recommendations made during the panel discussion will be prepared.
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