International high-level dialogue forum

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Tech Power to the People!
Democratising Cutting-edge Technologies to Serve Society

Renata Ávila Pinto
December 2020, 25 pages

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The technologisation and digitisation of public services is advancing rapidly. However, the hoped-for increase in efficiency and cost reduction is associated with the risks of discrimination and surveillance. The Guatemalan human rights lawyer Renata Ávila Pinto therefore calls for the design of tech interventions in the public sector to be guided more strongly by human rights, democratic rules and the objectives of sustainable development. This requires a greater degree of independence from big tech companies, participatory design and testing in collaboration with the communities the technologies are intended to serve.

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