By Freya Graham It’s an action movie trope that everyone’s familiar with — a brazen police officer orundercover spy is entrusted with a host of gadgets and gizmos to help them fight crime.Often, it borders on the ridiculous — anyone remember the exploding chewing gum inMission: Impossible? Sophisticated police technology is no longer the remitContinue reading “Predictive Policing: Is It Biased?”
by Freya Graham It’s been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we use technology. The pandemic accelerated digitisation – all of sudden, the internet became the only way to access wider society. Healthcare and education were forced to operate remotely. As the UK expands its digital infrastructure, what lessons can weContinue reading “The Digital Divide: Lessons Learnt from the Covid-19 Pandemic”
by Ole Ho Christiansen The right to health is a basic human right that is recognized by almost all global and regional human rights instruments (Majid, 2020). It covers physical, mental and social well-being. It requires that access to health care is non-discriminatory and accessible (Majid, 2020). Therefore, it is concerning to see the currentContinue reading “The importance of digital inclusion in healthcare & education”
by Freya Graham In March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock made a confession: ‘I’m a tech geek’. In the same speech, given at the Digital Health Rewired Festival, Hancock laid out his plans for a tech-driven future for the NHS. Praising ‘the power of technology’, he said that “digital technologies are not a bolt-on, or aContinue reading “Digital Ageism and Health Equality”
by Ole Ho Christiansen After a year in lockdown most of us are used to living most of our life online. Classes are taught remotely and work is done through Zoom. It can be hard to imagine what life would be like without it. But some people do not have easy access to the internet.Continue reading “Understanding ‘digital inclusion’”
By Ole Christiansen The head of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens, said in February that there is a “pandemic of disinformation” (Hurynag, 2021). The disinformation is related to the BAME community’s reluctance to take the covid vaccine. This is due to lack of trust, and wilful misinformation (Woolley, 2021). BAME individuals have a lack ofContinue reading “How has disinformation contributed to the low uptake of the covid vaccine in the BAME community?”
‘The Track & Trace App – To what extent should the right to privacy be protected against the right to protect others in a global pandemic?’
By Ole Christiansen The pandemic has caused many regulations and restrictions and some of them have raised a lot of concern in human rights discussions. One of these is the track & trace apps. By now, most countries have their own version. The apps track who you have been in contact with, which is whyContinue reading “‘The Track & Trace App – To what extent should the right to privacy be protected against the right to protect others in a global pandemic?’”
by Isabella Garcia Introduction The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the huge influx of Covid-19 related information as an ‘infodemic’: “an overabundance of information, both online and offline. It includes deliberate attempts to disseminate wrong information to undermine the public health response and advance alternative agendas of groups or individuals. Mis- and disinformation canContinue reading “‘The Complexities of the Covid-19 ‘Infodemic’’”
by Ole Christiansen During the 2020 election, Twitter was often in the news. After weeks of posting tweets that were factually wrong and thoroughly debunked theories, Donald Trump was banned from the platform. The official statement from Twitter reads: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them —Continue reading “‘The obligation of Twitter to limit the right to freedom of expression’”
by Isabella Garcia Introduction The outbreak of Covid-19 and the harsh measures introduced to mitigate the spread of the virus by national governments across the globe have exposed and entrenched various inequalities. A key matter of concern is the impact of the crisis on gender equality and women’s economic autonomy due to the loss ofContinue reading “‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Gender Equality: An Intersectional Approach’”
by Isabella Garcia Introduction The Limits of ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the early part of 2020, medical experts, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, international institutions, and governments around the world have mobilised their resources and expertise towards developing a successful vaccine. In the past couple of months these efforts have begun to materialise,Continue reading “‘Why the Covid-19 Vaccine is a Matter of Global Health Equity’”
by Ole Christiansen Introduction The tech industry is often showcased as a human rights issue. Big tech companies have been accused of knowingly benefitting from human rights abuses in, for example, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Skelton, 2020). There are however times where the opportunities that tech provides, have been used to protect human rightsContinue reading “‘How tools on the internet have been used to protect human rights defenders’”
What is Mental Health? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ with good mental health being defined as ‘state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normalContinue reading “Mental Health in Africa”
Black lives matter A number of #blacklivesmatter protests have taken place recently all over the world following the death of George Flyod in the United States. Although the #blacklivesmatter movement began in 2013, racism has continued to exist in society in various ways. Racism is a core human rights issue and, as this uprising gainsContinue reading “Black Lives Matter – What can you do?”
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