The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy serves as the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in the human rights domain. The center embraces a dual mission: to educate students and the next generation of leaders from around the world in human rights policy and practice; and to convene and provide policy-relevant knowledge to international organizations, governments, policymakers, and businesses.

 

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Corruption in Brazil

January 31, 2019

In the latest episode of Justice Matters, Carr Center's Executive Director Sushma Raman interviews Carr Center Senior Fellow Luis Roberto Barroso on the intersection of human rights and corruption in Brazil.... Read more about Corruption in Brazil

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Big Tech Firms are Racing to Track Climate Refugees

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Mark Latonero. 5/17/2019. “Big Tech Firms are Racing to Track Climate Refugees.” MIT Technology Review. See full text.
Big Tech Firms are Racing to Track Climate Refugees

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The MIT Technology Review features new report by Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow Mark Latonero.

"Simply layering technology on top of existing humanitarian problems tends to exacerbate the issues it intended to resolve. In a new report on the role of digital identity in refugee and migrant contexts, a team of researchers at the Data & Society Research Institute, led by Mark Latonero, detail the various ways these initiatives can reproduce and worsen existing bureaucratic biases."

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613531/big-tech-firms-are-racing-to-track-climate-refugees/

: Mark Latonero | May 17 2019
: Tech Fellow Mark Latonero report explores how layering technology on top of existing humanitarian problems can exacerbate the issues it intended to resolve.
Last updated on 02/11/2020

Deepfakes are Solvable—but Don’t Forget That “shallowfakes” are Already Pervasive

Deepfakes are Solvable—but Don’t Forget That “shallowfakes” are Already Pervasive

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New article features Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow Mark Latonero.

" Mark Latonero, human rights lead at Data & Society, a nonprofit institute dedicated to the applications of data, agreed that technology companies should be doing more to tackle such issues. While Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and others have employees focused on human rights, he said, there was so much more they should be doing before they deploy technologies—not after."
: Mark Latonero | Mar 25 2019
: Tech fellow Mark Latonero notes companies should be doing more to consider human rights implications before deploying technologies.
Last updated on 02/03/2020

How to Solve Homelessness With Artificial Intelligence

How to Solve Homelessness With Artificial Intelligence

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New article on Ozy.com featuring Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow Desmond Patton.

“This is a pioneering phase for social work and AI,” says Desmond Patton, a professor at Columbia University who uses natural language processing algorithms to analyze gang violence. “I don’t think it’s a space yet.”

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: Desmond Patton | Apr 21 2019
: Tech fellow Desmond Patton discusses the intersection of social work and tech for OZY article.
Last updated on 02/03/2020
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