At Amnesty Tech, we believe it’s time technology puts people and human rights first.
We’re a movement of 10 million people, and we’ve plugged hackers, coders, data scientists and technologists into our team too.
We investigate. We campaign. We work to change policy. We fight for justice. We hold the powerful to account. We’re setting the agenda for the future of human rights and technology to:
Rewire the internet to put people and human rights first, ensuring Big Tech is effectively regulated to protect human rights, and companies are more transparent and more accountable.
Resist the use of technology to silence activists, preventing unlawful surveillance, censorship and internet shutdowns.
Rewrite the code to protect human rights, ensuring discrimination and bias are no longer programmed into algorithms that make life-changing decisions about us.
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What we read, who we know, where we go, even what we think. Our every move is constantly tracked by a handful of powerful companies, including Meta and Google.
The more time we spend scrolling on their platforms, the more data they collect and the more money they can make. This surveillance business model leads to the amplification of inflammatory and hateful content with devastating real-world consequences.
At Amnesty Tech, we’re exposing the harm Big Tech’s surveillance business model causes and campaigning to ensure these companies are effectively regulated to protect human rights, while also pushing these companies to become more transparent and more accountable.
From Mexico to Morocco, governments are wielding a range of sophisticated cyber-tools to unlawfully spy on activists and journalists. When governments attack the people who are defending our rights, then we’re all at risk. We’re campaigning to end the unlawful targeted surveillance of human rights defenders.
Our Security Lab leads cutting-edge technical investigations into cyber-attacks against activists and journalists. The Lab builds tools and services to help protect activists from attacks, as well as collaborating with the wider digital activist to help them identify and respond to digital threats, from spyware to internet shutdowns.
Digital Forensics Fellowship
The Digital Forensic Fellowship aims to strengthen technical knowledge of activists across the world. Fellows collaborate with experts in the Security Lab to deepen their understanding of digital forensics to help protect their local communities from digital threats.
Biometric technology – including facial recognition, body language, to emotion detection – threatens our human rights. The technology exacerbates systemic discrimination and is often weaponized by law enforcement agencies against marginalized communities.
This invasive technology turns our identities against us and undermines human rights. We’re investigating the impact of such technologies and campaigning for a ban of digital infrastructures that are not compatible with human rights. This includes a ban the use of facial recognition systems, which violate the right to privacy and threaten the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.
Each month, more than five million children go online for the first time. We’re running a major partnership with young people to ensure digital technologies protect their rights, health and wellbeing.
From algorithms amplifying insecurities to influencers peddling hate speech, the dangers of online spaces for children and young people frequently make headlines. But too little is happening to change this, and youth voices are largely invisible from the debate.
Through this partnership, we’re developing research and campaigns to ensure young people can shape safe online environments and thrive in them.
Machines are increasingly deciding who gets access to housing, education, healthcare and benefits. Without the right safeguards in place, these opaque systems built on algorithmic technologies entrench, automate, and magnify existing inequality and discrimination in society.
Our Algorithmic Accountability Lab is a global team of data scientists, human rights researchers, economic and social rights experts who lead cutting-edge research into the use of algorithmic systems by governments.
We investigate the harms of discriminatory algorithmic systems and campaign for justice where people and communities have been denied their human rights.