In recent years, the use of technology has grown dramatically in all aspects of human rights practice, from advocacy and fact-finding to litigation and education, and the pace of adoption is increasing. The Center for Human Rights Science at CMU (CHRS), through its Technology Program, studies how emerging technologies can be harnessed to advance accountability, transparency, and justice without jeopardizing the mandate, sustainability, or safety of the individuals and organizations involved in human rights work. The Technology Program works in close collaboration with human rights practitioners to understand the technical challenges human rights organizations face, analyze potential technological solutions to these problems, and develop tools and systems that make sense for the human rights community.
The core objectives for the Technology Program are to:
- Discover, document, and test emerging technologies that could impact human rights practice;
- Disseminate the knowledge, methods, and technologies created through the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Human Rights Science; and
- Directly inform human rights communities and advocates on the promise and perils of technology.
Enrique Piracés manages the center’s Technology Program. Prior to joining CHRS, he worked at the intersection of human rights, science, and technological innovation for more than 15 years. His work focuses on identifying the opportunities that new scientific and technological developments open for non-governmental organizations and practitioners, and ensuring that the methods and tools developed at CMU can be effectively integrated into their workflows.
Jay Aronson is the founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science and works closely with Enrique to meet the needs of the human rights community.