New Technologies

Resource Center for Developing Countries and Civil Society

UNHR experts can help to link developing countries and civil society with expertise for technology and policy decisions necessary to address telecommunications, artificial intelligence and cyber challenges.  We can link you with industry, academia, and policy makers who are confronting the challenges of new technologies and help you in deploying solutions in your country or organization.  For example, we helped SIDS/LDCs at the UN GGE on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) 

Representation before UN technology agencies

UNHR focuses on two types of representation.  FIrst, we help states to think about the impact of technology on traditional areas of health, human rights or humanitarian work.  This includes internet freedom, privacy and data security, and the affect of Artificial Intelligence on health and humanitarian work.   Second, we can help you in representation in the UN technical agencies at the forefront of addressing technology.   

Tech and Policy Expertise

Our experts include former diplomats and staff at the International Telecommunications Union, World Intellectual Property Organization and other specialized agencies.  They include a former telecommunications lawyer well versed in spectrum and regulatory policies and a staffer who supported humanitarian agencies to develop Mobile Apps related to staff and data security. 

Connecting Across the Multistakeholder Platforms

We are experts in many of the multistakeholder platforms that bring industry, civil society and governments together.  We have experience in the Internet Governance Forum, the Business and Human Rights Forum, the Open Government Partnership and many similar areas. Let us help you strategize about  how to use these platforms to maximize your priorities. 

Inclusiveness and Access

To allow all to benefit from the technology revolution, ensuring access and inclusivity is key. UNHR can help you think about how to address the following challenges, among others:

- working on product design to avoid bias in Artificial Intelligence based on race or gender,

- making technologies more accessible to people with disabilities,

- promoting connectivity to ensure those in remote areas and countries can access the potential of new technologies.