Media Advisory: Sept. 18 Symposium on Human Rights and Digital Technologies

Digital technologies offer promising ways to anticipate, analyze, and respond to human rights concerns, such as using digital evidence to investigate war crimes. But these technologies also present human rights challenges – for example, the prospect of artificial intelligence algorithms incorporating human biases, or surveillance technologies being used to target human rights activists.

On Sept. 18 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will gather experts in the fields of human rights and technology to examine such challenges and to explore ways of leveraging digital innovation in a manner that helps protect internationally recognized human rights. See the agenda for more details and a list of speakers or register for the webcast.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters who wish to attend should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail