Communications & Technology

Sushma Raman and Steven Livingston. 5/5/2018. “Human Rights Documentation in Limited Access Areas: The Use of Technology in War Crimes and Human Rights Abuse Investigations”.Abstract
We offer a theoretical framework for understanding the role of technological capabilities (affordances) in documenting war crimes and human rights abuses in limited access areas. We focus on three digital affordances: geospatial, digital network, and digital forensic science. The paper argues that by leveraging digital affordances, human rights groups gain access to otherwise inaccessible areas, or to information that has been degraded in an effort to obfuscate culpability. We also argue that the use of digital technology invites a reassessment of what we mean when we speak of a human rights organization. Organizational morphology in digital space is hybrid in nature, with traditional organizations also taking on or joining more virtual or solely digital forms.
Mathias Risse. 4/15/2018. Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence: An Urgently Needed Agenda. Carr Center for Human Rights. Harvard Kennedy School.Abstract
Artificial intelligence generates challenges for human rights. Inviolability of human life is the central idea behind human rights, an underlying implicit assumption being the hierarchical superiority of humankind to other forms of life meriting less protection. These basic assumptions are questioned through the anticipated arrival of entities that are not alive in familiar ways but nonetheless are sentient and intellectually and perhaps eventually morally superior to humans. To be sure, this scenario may never come to pass and in any event lies in a part of the future beyond current grasp. But it is urgent to get this matter on the agenda. Threats posed by technology to other areas of human rights are already with us. My goal here is to survey these challenges in a way that distinguishes short-, medium-term and long-term perspectives
2018 Apr 11

Study Group on North Korean Human Rights - "From Pyongyang to Pyongchang and Back: Engagement, Security, and Human Rights"

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Littauer 324 (Fainsod Room), HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

This study group, led by Carr Center Fellow, Jung-Hoon Lee, is open to all. It will meet three times during the spring, 2018 semester:

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2018 Mar 29

Study Group on North Korean Human Rights - "North Korean Human Rights: Where are we Now?"

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Littauer 324 (Fainsod Room), HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

This study group, led by Carr Center Fellow and Inaugural Ambassador for North Korean Human Rights, Jung-Hoon Lee, is open to all. It will meet three times during the spring, 2018 semester:

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2018 Apr 18

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Secretary Ash Carter - Human Rights and International Security - Some Perspectives from the Pentagon

1:00pm to 2:15pm

Location: 

Wexner 434AB, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be faciliated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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2018 Apr 23

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Mathias Risse - Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence: Reflecting on Some Bleak Scenarios

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Wexner 434AB, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be faciliated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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2018 Apr 17

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Jacqueline Bhabha - The Human Rights of Non-Citizens Under Trump

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Bell Hall (Belfer 500), Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be faciliated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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2018 Apr 09

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Stephen Rickard - Make me do the Right Thing: Politicians and Human Rights

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Rubenstein 414 AB (Democracy Lab), Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be facilitated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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2018 Apr 16

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: J. Bryan Hehir - The Time of Trump and the Papacy of Francis: Contending Conceptions of Rights, Duties and Relationships

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Wexner 434AB, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be faciliated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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2018 Apr 12

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Joseph Nye - Human Rights in Foreign Policy: from Carter to Trump

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Rubenstein 414AB, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be faciliated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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2018 Apr 10

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Sheila Jasanoff - The Threatened Human: Body, Mind, and Rights in a Time of Technological Change

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

T-520 Nye A, Taubman 5th Floor, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Fierce Urgency of Now speaker seriesThe Carr Center is excited to announce its 2018 Speaker Series: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Human Rights in 2018. The series will be faciliated by Professor Mathias Risse...

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