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The 2023 Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights, "Technology and its Impact on Human Rights," will be presented by Betsy Popken, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (HRC) at UC Berkeley School of Law. UNO Chancellor Joanne Li will provide opening remarks.


This lecture will explore the interplay of human rights and technologies. How do different technologies positively and negatively impact human rights, and what can be done to minimize risk of harm? The lecture will focus on certain rights, like freedom of expression and right to privacy, on specific technologies like generative AI, the metaverse, and social media, and on how to responsibly innovate with human rights at the fore. Popken will also discuss how to mitigate negative human rights impacts through human rights policies, due diligence, and remediation, using the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and international human rights law as the north star. The lecture will also explore the role of regulations, independent oversight bodies, and multistakeholder initiatives in protecting humans from the harmful impacts of technologies.


About: The Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is sponsored by UNO Religious Studies, the Goldstein Center for Human Rights, the Goldstein Family Community Chair, and the College of Arts and Sciences. First launched in 1997, the annual lecture brings a distinguished scholar or leading expert on human rights to UNO each year.

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