Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use
Release Date: July, 2012. Copyright © 2013. 324 pages.
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DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1918-0, ISBN13: 9781466619180, ISBN10: 146661918X, EISBN13: 9781466619197
Intergovernmental agencies, governments, and non-governmental organizations are now using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to collect, organize, and disseminate information on peoples’ rights, the promotion of human rights, and the protection of individuals and communities at risk.
Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use will provide a comprehensive examination of the use and application of information and communication technologies in the world of human rights. This will contribute significantly to understandings of the impact of ICTs on the promotion and protection of human rights in societies around the world. This book will provide a valuable tool and insight for academics from a range of fields, including information management, information systems, communications, information technology, international relations, human rights, politics, law, and sociology. It will also be useful to international non-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and governments for policy and practice.
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Judith Dueck (The University of Winnipeg Global College, Canada), Michael Rempel (Software Architect, Canada)
This chapter examines eleven technology issues faced by human rights organizations. These issues are critical if they are to use technology effectively. Although sol...
Rolf H. Weber (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
The tremendous developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) over the last 20 years have substantially changed communication practices across the...
Tanya Notley (Tactical Technology Collective, Germany), Stephanie Hankey (Tactical Technology Collective, Germany)
Digital technologies, such as mobile phones and the internet, provide new opportunities for Human Rights Defenders to mobilise people, coordinate activities, uncover...
Ana-Cristina Ionescu (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania - CCIR, Romania)
In this new age, the Internet, the network of networks connected by a complex array of electronic, wireless, and optical technologies extending from the private to t...
Shane O’Hanlon (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Information technology has the potential to transform healthcare and eradicate many of the inequities seen in the area. However, the use of electronic means to proce...
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This work offers both academic and practitioner perspectives on the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in human rights work. International contributors are from diverse fields including in communication, journalism, and media and information studies, as well as social work, law, and human rights and social justice advocacy. The first part of the book reviews key trends and issues such as ICT policies favoring human rights and negotiating boundaries between control and dissent in repressive governments. The next section gathers case studies from around the world, shedding light on topics such as digital dictatorship in Brazil and video exchange and Arab human rights. Part 3 presents practitioner perspectives, touching on areas such as crowd sourcing for human rights monitoring, and the work of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Part 4 considers economic and social rights.
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- Communication rights, privacy and free speech
- Human rights activism in the information age
- Human rights and the Internet
- Human rights organizations and the application/deployment of ICT
- ICTs and gender-based rights
- ICTs and human rights education
- Impact of ICT policies on human rights
- Information security
- Information systems deployment in human rights
- Mobile technologies and their application to human rights