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Gender Bias and New Technologies: What Should Businesses Do?

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Mon, Jun 21, 2021

3 PM – 4 PM (GMT+2)

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Join this session of the Gerhart Center Webinar Series titled "Gender Bias and New Technologies: What Should Businesses Do?" featuring Surya Deva, associate professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong.

New technologies will have a significant positive and negative impact on individuals and their human rights in the coming years. For example, it is increasingly becoming clear that many new technologies – from artificial intelligence to automation, algorithms, facial recognition, and cryptocurrency – already have a differentiated and disproportionate impact on women and their human rights. Many new technologies are being developed in a ‘gender-neutral’ way or reinforce and perpetuate existing gender bias against women. However, this does not need to be the case, as technologies could become part of the solution. Against this backdrop, this seminar will explore the human rights responsibility of businesses linked to new technologies. It will highlight steps that all relevant businesses should take, in line with the Gender Framework of the UN Guiding Principles on businesses and human rights, to remove gender bias from new technologies and harness their potential in achieving substantive gender equality in society.

About the Speaker:
Surya Deva is an associate professor at the School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong and the current vice-chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Deva’s primary research interests lie in business and human rights, India-China constitutional law, and sustainable development. He has published extensively in these areas. Deva is one of the founding editors-in-chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal and sits on the Editorial/Advisory Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, the Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, the Indian Law Review, and the Australian Journal of Human Rights. 

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