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The Impacts of Technology On Human Rights around the world
May 11, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
With the advent of the internet came predictions of a new “global village”, where electronic communications would shape the world into a peaceful community of interconnected neighbors. This vision of a brighter future soured when Facebook and other social media platforms and websites were blamed for the spread of disinformation in places like Myanmar, Syria, and Ethiopia, resulting in violence and human rights abuses. Authoritarian regimes used internet censorship to isolate their populations and reinforce propaganda. New technology seems to be on the cutting edge of isolating and polarizing the world like never before.
Technology can also provide the resources to counter disinformation and to strengthen civil society organizations. More recently, the world has seen how technology can be developed into a tool to protect human rights. Join the World Affairs Council in participating in Philly Tech Week 2022 to discuss how innovative new practices can counter these the darker trends of the internet and use technology as a force for good.
The conversation will be facilitated by Andrea Cayley, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and Director of Human Rights and Rule of Law at EOS Tech Trust.