Geneva Digital Atlas

Human Rights

The same rights people have offline must also be protected online. While the digital realm has opened new possibilities for the advancement of human rights and freedoms, it has also triggered and amplified infringements of the very same rights. For example, social media platforms have facilitated the exercise of our right to freedom of expression and information, but they have also contributed to censorship, violence against journalists, and the spread of hate speech. 

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides UN system-wide human rights due diligence guidance for digital technology. It also launched a UN Hub that stores authoritative guidance on using UN human rights mechanisms on the use and governance of digital technologies. The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is another valuable resource for human-rights-related digital issues, providing detailed legal analyses and preparing future lawyers for the challenges brought by emerging technologies.