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Introduction to the BHR in Tech initiative
The BHR in Tech (BiT) initiative aims to promote the adoption of the United Nations' Guiding Principles in Business and Human Rights in the Tech sector. The IO Foundation is committed to encourage and facilitate this implementation from a technical perspective to ensure the observance of the BHR Principles by design in line with the DCDR advocacy.
As core stakeholders, technologists play a critical role as the Next Generation of Rights Defenders and need to orient themselves through new design and implementation paradigms focused on protecting data. The DCDR Principles put forward by The IO Foundation are concepts that help them navigate the intricacies of applying Human and Digital Rights in digital infrastructures, products and services.
- designing and producing implementation guidelines and other research materials
- participating actively in the drafting of National Action Plans (NAPs) so that tech is considered as a thematic area or, to the very least, as a cross-cutting theme
- increase the recognition of the importance of technology in different jurisdictions through their National Action Plans
- reviewing existing National Action Plans (NAPs)
- increase awareness and adoption across tech companies
To support governments with the necessary awareness and tools to codify the United Nations' Guiding Principles in Business and Human Rights for the tech sector in the National Action Plans (NAPs) and encourage tech companies towards early adoption even without applicable NAPs.
A world where
- all governments have National Action Plans (NAPs) addressing technology as a thematic area, in accordance to their duty to protect