The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa and the Center for Human Rights Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA have entered into a strategic partnership with the sole purpose of embarking on joint projects and academic activities that will foster human rights accountability through the use of technology.
This cross-continental partnership will also allow for a robust exchange of ideas, solutions, and approaches that will help the human rights community better prepared to tackle the challenges presented by rapid changes in technology.
With the agreement taking effect in April 2019, the Director of the Center for Human Rights Science – Prof Jay Aronson – was appointed as an Extraordinary Lecturer with the Centre for Human Rights. As a result, he was at the University of Pretoria on 15 and 16 April 2019 to lecture to students of the Master's programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) on the intersection between technology and human rights.
This partnership comes at a time when the Centre for Human Rights is planning a global conference with a focus on Africa’s human rights response to technology. The event, which is scheduled for 2020, will bring together activists, experts, and stakeholders within Africa and beyond to discuss what the human rights approach should be to innovations being witnessed in automation, machine learning, deepfakes and more.
To learn more about the work of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon, please visit: https://www.cmu.edu/chrs
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Project Coordinator: Advocacy Unit