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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.

Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology

Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights

This report explores how AI is driving the adoption of ableist technologies that marginalize anyone who doesn’t fit into their definition of a “normal” body.

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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.

Govern AI to help people

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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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Algorithmic accountability

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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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Digital Security

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

Algorithmic accountability

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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.

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place

13 Jun 2024
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U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place
13 Jun 2024
U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place
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Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights

13 Jun 2024

Even as states increasingly weaponize communication networks, the UN Security Council has remained largely silent on digital rights issues. This puts everyone at risk.

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Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights
13 Jun 2024
Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
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Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears

12 Jun 2024
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Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears
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Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears
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How AI is changing elections around the world

6 Jun 2024
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How AI is changing elections around the world
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6 Jun 2024
How AI is changing elections around the world
U.S. blocklists Sandvine for enabling digital repression in Egypt
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France looks to AI-powered surveillance to secure Olympics

27 May 2024
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France looks to AI-powered surveillance to secure Olympics
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27 May 2024
France looks to AI-powered surveillance to secure Olympics
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U.S. lawmakers should govern AI to help people, not Big Tech companies’ interests

21 May 2024
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U.S. lawmakers should govern AI to help people, not Big Tech companies’ interests
21 May 2024
U.S. lawmakers should govern AI to help people, not Big Tech companies’ interests
Watermark and generative AI
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La inteligencia artificial estará presente en todas las prestaciones de Google: cuáles son los riesgos de esta revolución tecnológica

17 May 2024
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La inteligencia artificial estará presente en todas las prestaciones de Google: cuáles son los riesgos de esta revolución tecnológica
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17 May 2024
La inteligencia artificial estará presente en todas las prestaciones de Google: cuáles son los riesgos de esta revolución tecnológica
Algorithmic accountability
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Israel uses Gaza as a test lab for dystopian technologies

9 May 2024
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Israel uses Gaza as a test lab for dystopian technologies
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9 May 2024
Israel uses Gaza as a test lab for dystopian technologies
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Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 

9 May 2024

Israel’s war on Gaza has revealed how mundane, unsophisticated AI surveillance systems are being used to unleash the most dystopian, tech-driven horrors on Palestinians.

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Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
9 May 2024
Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
México: un Decálogo de Derechos Digitales en Redes Sociales o una receta para la censura
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Deepfakes and online misinformation in India’s election

2 May 2024
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Deepfakes and online misinformation in India’s election
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2 May 2024
Deepfakes and online misinformation in India’s election
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India election: AI deepfakes of Bollywood stars backing political parties swirl as voters grapple with information overload

27 Apr 2024
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India election: AI deepfakes of Bollywood stars backing political parties swirl as voters grapple with information overload
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27 Apr 2024
India election: AI deepfakes of Bollywood stars backing political parties swirl as voters grapple with information overload
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Intelligenza artificiale. La nuova legge europea rischia di attivare una sorveglianza lesiva dei diritti dei migranti

23 Apr 2024
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Intelligenza artificiale. La nuova legge europea rischia di attivare una sorveglianza lesiva dei diritti dei migranti
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23 Apr 2024
Intelligenza artificiale. La nuova legge europea rischia di attivare una sorveglianza lesiva dei diritti dei migranti
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Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance

10 Apr 2024

The EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum ushers in a deadly new era of digital surveillance, expanding the digital infrastructure for an EU border regime based on the criminalisation and punishment of migrants and racialised people. 

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Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
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Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence

10 Apr 2024

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, welcome the United States-led United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution “Seizing the opportunities of safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems for sustainable development.”

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Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
Algorithmic accountability
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The changing face of protest

23 Mar 2024
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The changing face of protest
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23 Mar 2024
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The U.N. gets the world to agree on AI safety

21 Mar 2024
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The U.N. gets the world to agree on AI safety
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21 Mar 2024
The U.N. gets the world to agree on AI safety