The increasing adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in society has yielded new questions for the protection of human rights in the digital space.
The emergence of new technologies and service models have led to the platformisation of services and goods, requiring a re-look at existing policies and laws for the digital realm. This includes policies spanning constitutional rights of free speech and privacy, competition, labour rights and ICT regulation.
Notably, all policy responses must be tailored to the specific nuances of the internet and ICT-based services. At the same time, these responses must be based in the considered context of the global south, where legacy problems with access to technology persist, and the very guarantee of socio-economic and civil political rights remains aspirational.
ALTR is Vidhi’s interdisciplinary policy initiative to leverage technology for the public good in the Global South.
Watch: Panel Discussion on ‘Data Trusts for the Public Good’
The panelists discussed how we can achieve a balance between the interests of the community, the data users, and data collecting entities through a ‘commons’-based data sharing institution, particularly through data trusts.