Technology and Human Rights, Insights from Zara Rahman
Published on: 07.05.2018
Human rights defenders all over the world are using tech tools in different ways depending on various factors. For more details on the importance of technology tools and human rights, we are sharing with you an interview with Zara Rahman. Zara is a passionate and motivated researcher at the Engine Room, also a writer and linguists based in Berlin and she focuses on the intersection of technology and human rights in pursuit of social justice. She explains how technology and data can help in the field of human rights, how to notice human right violations and how to use digital data to help people notice what’s going on and to store more information. Zara also highlights that technology helps to connect people from different areas of the world that are working on similar topics.
In terms of human rights technology can be used for connecting researchers and sharing their findings, analyzing their data, storing, identifying cases of human rights violations, and for archiving the various findings. Besides all these Zara says that online tools offer a lot of benefits and emerging technologies at a global level can be used in different ways depending on the country or context. She also shares advice for young people that want to be socially engaged and on the importance of networking.
Enjoy the interview!