The Forum will address:
I. Fundamental freedoms in the digital sphere
- Oportunities for civil society and human rights defenders to increase online freedoms of association and of peaceful assembly.
- Identifying solutions to combat online threats such as combatting cyber-harassment, hate speech, violent extremism.
- Tackling disinformation while promoting media pluralism
- Defending freedom of speech online
- Step up action to combat internet shutdowns, to overturn shutdowns and artificial limitations on internet.
II. Technology, Business and Human Rights – how to engage with the private sector
- Dialogue with “big tech” companies including social media platforms on promoting and protecting human rights in the digital sphere.
- Mandatory human rights impact assessments in due diligence processes. Access to remedy and means of redress.
III. Privacy and surveillance
- How mass and targeted arbitrary surveillance threatens human rights defenders and civil society.
- Current methods of arbitrary surveillance: facial recognition and other biometric surveillance.
- Current uses and impact of mass surveillance: border management; social credit system.
IV. Artificial Intelligence Development – opportunities and risks
- Current international efforts to regulate AI in the area of human rights.
- Opportunities, risks, and technological reliability issues in the use of AI applications in the fields of justice and access to education. How can AI be used to promote and protect human rights.
- AI leading to discrimination or impeding the realization of human rights (digital divide, bias, discriminations in law enforcement of access to work and social services). Impact on individuals in vulnerable situations: migrants, ethnic and religious minorities, children.