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Is big data a threat to human rights?

Is big data a threat to human rights?

23 April 2015

The University of Essex has been awarded a grant of nearly £5m from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to lead the first global project investigating the human rights implications of the collection, storage and use of big data.

Matched by £1m from the University, the project will explore issues including privacy and how big data gathered through social media can be used against us, but also how it can be harnessed to document human rights violations, provide assistance and access to basic rights, and improve lives around the world.

Led by researchers from the University’s world-leading Human Rights Centre, the multi-disciplinary project will make use of the expertise of Essex’s lawyers, social scientists, computer scientists and technology experts.

Further details are available from the University of Essex press release.