The social changes brought about by the deployment of information technologies are wide-ranging and fundamental. A human rights analysis of such technologically driven changes shows how they implicate significant opportunities as well as risks. The chapter argues that human rights are a core aspect of regulating such technologies, particularly as human rights provide a unifying purposive perspective for diverse technologies and deployment contexts. To this end, the chapter examines how the opportunities and risks of information technologies affect and relate to the fundamental values of freedom, dignity, and equality, as well as specific human rights, such as privacy or freedom of expression.
Is there enough to say about the law and regulation of technology from the standpoint of international human rights law and practice? And if there is, is anyone interested? These questions are addressed in this chapter. Overall, the aim is to show why, in these technological times, more of us should be interested in international human rights law and practice. To that end, the chapter sketches both what is blocking interest and what could and should be of interest. In so doing, it examines both international human rights law and practice in general, and questions of population, reproduction, and family in particular.