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Book

The AI powered state: China's approach to public sector innovation

This collection of essays aim to give policymakers a deeper understanding of how China is innovating with artificial intelligence (AI) in public services, challenging current misconceptions and illuminating nuances in the debate.
Report

"They are always watching"

The 2014 military coup marked the beginning of five years of tenacious efforts by the Thai authorities to silence the voices of human rights defenders, activists, journalists and opposition politicians, including online. This briefing draws from 18 interviews with human rights defenders, activists, politicians, lawyers...
Commentary

Will we finally look clearly at facial recognition technology?

Revelations about Clearview AI’s harvesting of online images challenge us all to think carefully about this technology’s impacts.
Book

World report 2020: events of 2019

This publication is Human Rights Watch’s 30th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2018 through November 2019.
Report

Ending the targeted digital surveillance of those who defend our rights

Governments around the world are increasingly contracting the services of the private digital surveillance industry to develop technology for targeted digital surveillance. These tools are then misused to unlawfully target and put human rights activists under surveillance. This report outlines the impact on human rights...
Briefing paper

Watching Huawei’s “Safe Cities”

Huawei’s “Safe City” products have fueled concerns that China is “exporting authoritarianism.”
Briefing paper

Smart speakers and voice assistants: snapshot paper

The use of smart speakers, or voice assistants, like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant has soared. With concerns about smart speakers regularly generating public attention, this exploration of the relevant issues is particularly timely.
Report

Freedom on the net 2019

Freedom on the Net is a comprehensive study of internet freedom in 65 countries around the globe, covering 87 percent of the world’s internet users. It tracks improvements and declines in internet freedom conditions each year. The countries included in the study have been selected...
Report

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

The digital welfare state is commonly presented as an altruistic and noble enterprise designed to ensure that citizens benefit from new technologies. However, this report suggests that all too often, the real motives behind such programs are to slash welfare spending, set up intrusive government...
Report

Artificial intelligence prediction and counterterrorism

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in counterterrorism is not inherently wrong. This paper suggests some necessary conditions for legitimate use of AI as part of a predictive approach to counterterrorism on the part of liberal democratic states.