Technology, Health, and Human Rights: A Cautionary Tale for the Post-Pandemic World

Rajat Khosla, (2020). Technology, Health, and Human Rights: A Cautionary Tale for the Post-Pandemic World. Health and Human Rights Journal, 22(2), 63-66

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    Author Rajat Khosla
    Title Technology, Health, and Human Rights: A Cautionary Tale for the Post-Pandemic World
    Appearing in Health and Human Rights Journal
    Volume 22
    Issue No. 2
    Publication Date 2020-12-01
    Place of Publication United States
    Publisher Health and Human Rights Journal
    Start page 63
    End page 66
    Language eng
    Abstract Technology is widely known for moving fast and breaking things, to paraphrase Mark Zuckerberg. Indeed, technology is fast moving into each and every aspect of our life, especially our health and well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how technology can and should play an important role in helping stop the spread of the disease, including by disseminating public health messages and increasing access to health care (for instance, through virtual consultations). However, the pandemic has also demonstrated how certain governments—in the name of combatting the disease—have rushed to expand their use of surveillance technologies to track individuals and even entire populations. Without human rights safeguards and meaningful public consultation, digital health technologies threaten privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom of association, thus violating rights and degrading trust, which also undermines the effectiveness of such technologies. At Amnesty Tech (a program of Amnesty International), we are taking stock of all that is broken in the technology and health and human rights nexus, while trying to ensure that critical human rights safeguards are put in place.
    Keyword Technology
    Human rights
    COVID-19 pandemic
    Copyright Holder Author
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
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