Technology 4 Human Rights
The opportunities presented and methods already in evidence for the role of advanced technology, including blockchain, for promoting human rights
Technologies have advanced rapidly over the past few years, including but not limited to blockchain/distributed ledger technology. Amongst other things, such technologies are promising across numerous sectors, such as financial services, business processes, command and control, and, perhaps, democratisation. The promise is increased effectiveness, greater decentralisation and individual freedom, greater security, greater speed, and more transparency.
An oft-forgotten field of endeavour, perhaps because it is not an area that attracts the cash that those other areas do, is human rights.
The promise in the field of human rights includes increased accuracy, greater traceability and transparency through data integrity, simplification, increased security, multi-use big data and guaranteed confidentiality.
This session aims to bring human rights to the forefront of the conversation, discussing how emerging tech can be used to promote and advance human rights, bringing human rights to countries, sectors, and individuals for whom any guarantees to their inalienable rights has been scant.
Ms Paola Garieri, Director, External Relations, slavefreetrade
Mr Brian Iselin, slavefreetrade: Brian is Founder and CEO, slavefreetrade, 32 years of international justice sector work, 17 years of modern slavery and human rights expertise. slavefreetrade is the world's first human rights compliance platform, discovers and maps entire supply chains, connects and speaks to every employee in a supply chain and asks about their conditions.
Ms Grace Torrellas, Blockchain4 Humanity Foundation: Grace is a Coalitions 4GOOD movement advocate, Blockchain 4 Humanity (b4H) Foundation and Giveth Founder. She an early adopter and Ecosystem Developer for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger projects. Her background and expertise include digital transformation, business growth/scaling, and marketing. She drives projects that offer a transformational Impact focus. These projects convene broad, multi-stakeholder communities to co-design governance frameworks to accelerate the most impactful uses of blockchain in financial inclusion, identity, supply chain, logistics, and education in a manner that is strategic, forward-thinking and inclusive.
Mr Andreas Gmuender, Porini Foundation: Andreas is an Entrepreneur and attorney-at-law for international monetary and financial market law with admissions to the bar in Switzerland and Germany. With his passion for technology, he became an early supporter of cryptocurrencies and therefore started focussing on regulatory aspects and the upcoming regulatory developments in many jurisdictions. Andreas has studied the law at the University of Constance, Germany and is now on his home straight with finishing his doctoral thesis about rating agencies at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
- C2. Information and communication infrastructure
- C3. Access to information and knowledge
- C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
- C6. Enabling environment
- C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Session's link to Sustainable Development Process
- Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
- Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
- Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
- Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development