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Social Media and Human Rights: Actors, Advocacy and Analytics

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course focuses on the changes in the social media that have influenced and transformed the practices of civil society actors engaged with human rights issues. The new communication tools such as Twitter, blogs and Facebook have changed the ways that organizations communicate with their followers and seek to influence the public debate. These digital technologies have allowed a faster mobilization in humanitarian crises, and with this course we pretend to show how important social media is in defending human rights and how it can be a mechanism for actors in the field of human rights advocacy. We also focus on the unprecedented challenges that such technologies may bring, such as fake news and desinformation.

Course Content

1. Human rights in a digital world

2. Actors of human rights and the social media

3. Human rights advocacy and social media

4. Changes in social media

5. Challenges at the intersection of Human Rights and Technology


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McPherson E., Social Media and Human Rights Advocacy

Guberek T., Silva R., Human Rights and Technology: Mapping the Landscape to Support Grantmaking