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Introduction to the BHR in Tech initiative

The 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.

Objectives

The BHR in Tech initiative aims at encouraging a shift towards the adoption and implementation of the United Nations' Guiding Principles in Business and Human Rights in the Tech sector by
  • 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

Mission & Vision

While the BHR in Tech initiative is designed in order to support TIOF's mission and to achieve its vision, it nonetheless also formulates its own Mission & Vision.

Mission

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.

Vision

A world where

Values

The BHR in Tech initiative adheres to the same values as The IO Foundation to deliver its mission.

Publications

The BHR in Tech initiative regularly publishes articles, research papers and other documents such as comments on related public consultations. Check out BHR in Tech's publications.

Events

The IO Foundation regularly organizes events and participates in international fora where the organization puts forward the BHR in Tech initiative and engages with all stakeholders. TIOF's handles all of its events through its TechUp initiative. Check out BHR in Tech's events.

Engaged Stakeholders

The advancement of TIOF's DCDR advocacy and the BHR in Tech initiative is made possible with the collaboration of a number of partner and supporting organizations, funders and individual citizens.
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