The sustainability of Smartphones: Fairphone

by Vittorio Esposito Introduction Smartphones, since the advent of the first iPhone back in 2007, quickly became more and more important in our everyday life, establishing themselves as being the largest electronic market in  the past two decades, with 1.4 billion smartphones sold yearly worldwide, with an average lifespan of 2.7 years (Bento, 2016, PaianoContinue reading “The sustainability of Smartphones: Fairphone”

Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities

In this episode we are joined by Leah (Founder of PeerMed Foundation). We discuss the relationship between digital inclusion and health inequalities. Peer Med Foundation is a youth-led international not-for-profit organization. Through health advocacy, research and education, the Peer Med Foundation is committed to raising voices for marginalized patient populations (Migrants, 2SLGBTQIA+, BIPOC & more).Continue reading “Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities”

Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy

By Agnes Leung Facial recognition has emerged as one of the most frequently utilized artificial intelligence technologies in law enforcement to achieve national security, public safety and prevention of crime. Facial recognition involves ‘automated extraction, digitisation and comparison of the spatial and geometric distribution of facial features’, which is a kind of biometric data, andContinue reading “Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy”

The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd

By Agnes Leung On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black African-American man was arrested after being accused of counterfeiting US 20-dollar-note in Minnesota, the United States. While in police custody, a white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period of 8 minutes 46 seconds. Despite Floyd’s desperate callContinue reading “The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd”

Predictive Policing: Is It Biased?

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?”

From Global Health to Human Rights: Impala Global, Ensuring Technology is at the Forefront of Innovation

Peer Med by Leah Sarah Peer welcomes Co-Founders of Impala Global, Maud Kadye & Tafadzwa Kadye to speak about their organization. As an independent Think Tank, this episode dives into the work the organization does in conducting using research to develop and strengthen the human rights and global health frameworks within tech. Acknowledging that disciplinesContinue reading “From Global Health to Human Rights: Impala Global, Ensuring Technology is at the Forefront of Innovation”

The Media and Democracy

By Samuel Hoar The news media plays a fundamental role in a democratic system, acting as a conduit of information  for the people to digest. It must be effective, and it must be trusted. Without a free press that  accurately and informatively helps the people to understand the actions of their democratic  representatives, ‘there isContinue reading “The Media and Democracy”

‘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?’”

‘The obligation of Twitter to limit the right to freedom of expression’

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’”