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Preserving Digital Records to Protect Human Rights

Revisionist history is one of many threats to protecting human rights and punishing violators. To preserve interviews conducted with members of the International Criminal Tribunal, which recently convicted leaders responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide, computer researchers from the University [...]

HUMAN RIGHTS

The Right to Share in Scientific Advancement

AAAS Science and Human Rights Program Director Mona Younis talks with Rick Weiss about how scientists have protected the rights of their colleagues, helped bring Balkan war criminals to justice, and safeguarded vulnerable populations in Darfur. The program’s new initiatives aim to spur a pro-bono movement within the research community to support human rights work, just as exists within legal circles.

Digital Freedom of Expression and Human Rights

UN Declaration of Human Rights 60 anniversary logoRick Weiss wrote Monday about scientific work in genetics, forensics, and satellite imaging that has helped nongovernmental organizations combat genocide and human rights abuses and bring war criminals to justice. This week also brings news from the tech sphere about an initiative to ensure the human rights to freedom of expression and privacy. Read the rest of this post >

WEISS'S NOTEBOOK

Science Secures Human Rights

There are a growing number of cases in which technologies developed for routine scientific and medical uses are finding unexpected application in the shrouded world of genocide, torture, and political oppression.

Bio-fuels and Human Rights

Brazilian sugarcane harvesterBrazilian ethanol produced from sugar cane is a promising renewable energy technology. But land is finite and using it for energy means not using it for other human needs. Nowhere is this clearer than in the history of the Brazilian sugar cane industry.