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Artificial intelligence and human rights

The use and abuse of AI and automated decision-making can not only facilitate human rights violations and exacerbate existing societal power imbalances, but also open new risks, disproportionately affecting marginalized people and communities. AI design, development, and deployment must respect human rights. We urge governments and companies to follow binding, enforceable legal frameworks rooted in human rights law and principles, not voluntary or self-regulatory ethics-based approaches.

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What you need to know about generative AI and human rights

In this explainer piece, we’re cutting through the hype to get to the truth about what generative AI can (and can’t) do, and why it matters for human rights worldwide.

SPOTLIGHT: EU AI ACT

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The EU AI Act proposal: a timeline

A summary of our proposed amendments to the draft EU AI Act and a timeline of our related commentary and recommendations.

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The EU AI Act: How to (truly) protect people on the move

The EU AI Act is supposed to protect the rights of everyone impacted by AI systems. But it ignores the systems impacting people on the move. Here are three steps policymakers can take to fix that problem.

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The EU needs an Artificial Intelligence Act that protects fundamental rights

Access Now and over 110 civil society organisations have laid out proposals to make sure the European Union’s Artificial Intelligence Act addresses the real-world impacts of the use of artificial intelligence.

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The EU should regulate AI on the basis of rights, not risks

Artificial intelligence and automated decision-making systems threaten our fundamental rights. Yet the EU is considering an approach to AI regulation that would substitute rights-based protections for a mere risk mitigation exercise by corporations with a vested interest in these systems. Here’s why that’s a grave mistake.

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What you need to know about generative AI and human rights

Generative AI has been all over the headlines. But what are the human rights implications? Get the facts in our generative AI FAQ.

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Artificial Intelligence: what are the issues for digital rights?

You may have a basic understanding of what AI is. But are you familiar with the issues it raises for your fundamental rights?

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Fighting systemic racism in the digital age: a global challenge

On Human Rights Day of 2020, we highlight the mandate of E. Tendayi Achiume, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to fight systematic racism.

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Track and target: FAQ on Myanmar CCTV cameras and facial recognition

The military junta in Myanmar is rolling out China-made CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities to intensify surveillance against the people.

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Computers are binary, people are not: how AI systems undermine LGBTQ identity

Most of us interact with some sort of Artificial Intelligence (AI) system several times a day, whether it’s using the predictive text function on our phones or applying a selfie

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Algorithmic decision-making in the U.S. needs accountability

Access Now endorses the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022, which will help combat algorithmic discrimination in defense of human rights.

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Instead of banning facial recognition, some governments in Latin America want to make it official

Buenos Aires, Brasilia, and Uruguay are pushing for use of facial recognition systems for “public security,” seeking to authorize the invasive and harmful use of mass surveillance tools. Civil society must fight back.

Latest Updates

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Civil society groups want broader restrictions on biometrics use in AI Act

21 Sep 2023
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Civil society groups want broader restrictions on biometrics use in AI Act
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21 Sep 2023
Civil society groups want broader restrictions on biometrics use in AI Act
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EU policymakers: regulate police technology!

20 Sep 2023

Civil society calls on EU policymakers to regulate policy technology.

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EU policymakers: regulate police technology!
20 Sep 2023
EU policymakers: regulate police technology!
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Joint statement: EU legislators must close dangerous loophole in AI Act

7 Sep 2023

Big Tech has lobbied to introduce a major loophole to the EU AI Act’s high-risk classification process. We call on EU legislators to maintain a high level of protection in the AI Act. 

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Joint statement: EU legislators must close dangerous loophole in AI Act
7 Sep 2023
Joint statement: EU legislators must close dangerous loophole in AI Act
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An open letter to the RightsCon community about RightsCon Costa Rica and what comes next

31 Aug 2023

We explain the challenges and exclusion some participants faced, apologize and take accountability for our role, and share thoughts on the road ahead.

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An open letter to the RightsCon community about RightsCon Costa Rica and what comes next
31 Aug 2023
An open letter to the RightsCon community about RightsCon Costa Rica and what comes next
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Rules to keep AI in check: nations carve different paths for tech regulation

17 Aug 2023
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Rules to keep AI in check: nations carve different paths for tech regulation
17 Aug 2023
Rules to keep AI in check: nations carve different paths for tech regulation
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AI isn’t great at decoding human emotions. So why are regulators targeting the tech?

14 Aug 2023
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AI isn’t great at decoding human emotions. So why are regulators targeting the tech?
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14 Aug 2023
AI isn’t great at decoding human emotions. So why are regulators targeting the tech?
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Early adopters in Mexico lend their eyes to global biometric project

8 Aug 2023
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Early adopters in Mexico lend their eyes to global biometric project
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8 Aug 2023
Early adopters in Mexico lend their eyes to global biometric project
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POLÉMICA por WORLDCOIN en ARGENTINA: ¿se recomendable entregar los datos de tu IRIS por DÓLARES?

7 Aug 2023
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POLÉMICA por WORLDCOIN en ARGENTINA: ¿se recomendable entregar los datos de tu IRIS por DÓLARES?
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7 Aug 2023
POLÉMICA por WORLDCOIN en ARGENTINA: ¿se recomendable entregar los datos de tu IRIS por DÓLARES?
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Vietnam orders social media firms to cut ‘toxic’ content using AI

28 Jul 2023
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Vietnam orders social media firms to cut ‘toxic’ content using AI
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28 Jul 2023
Vietnam orders social media firms to cut ‘toxic’ content using AI
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SHIFT – Leben in der digitalen Welt

28 Jul 2023
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SHIFT – Leben in der digitalen Welt
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28 Jul 2023
SHIFT – Leben in der digitalen Welt
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Civil society groups call on EU to put human rights at centre of AI Act

13 Jul 2023
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Civil society groups call on EU to put human rights at centre of AI Act
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13 Jul 2023
Civil society groups call on EU to put human rights at centre of AI Act
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EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights

12 Jul 2023

As EU trilogues on the AI Act kick off, Access Now and partners call on institutions to put fundamental rights first.

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EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights
12 Jul 2023
EU Trilogues: The AI Act must protect people’s rights
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The EU still needs to get its AI Act together

29 Jun 2023
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The EU still needs to get its AI Act together
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29 Jun 2023
The EU still needs to get its AI Act together
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A conversation with Meredith Whittaker, president of Signal

22 Jun 2023
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A conversation with Meredith Whittaker, president of Signal
22 Jun 2023
A conversation with Meredith Whittaker, president of Signal
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Exclusive: OpenAI Lobbied the E.U. to Water Down AI Regulation

20 Jun 2023
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Exclusive: OpenAI Lobbied the E.U. to Water Down AI Regulation
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20 Jun 2023
Exclusive: OpenAI Lobbied the E.U. to Water Down AI Regulation
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Draft AI Act Passes, Banning Police Facial Recognition

15 Jun 2023
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Draft AI Act Passes, Banning Police Facial Recognition
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15 Jun 2023
Draft AI Act Passes, Banning Police Facial Recognition