promoting human rights in the digital era

Previous Project Activities
    • PCMS made its third contribution to a series of 13 lectures for undergraduate students of journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, Prague. The lecture focused on the impact of digitalisation and new technologies on human rights (April 26, 2023).
    • The second PCMS lecture to journalism students at Charles University covered the impact of modern technologies on people with special needs (March 29, 2023).
    • Our opening PCMS lecture at Charles University took place with accessibility specialist  Mariana Chytilova as guest speaker (March 22, 2023).
    • Start of the Charles University course on Human Rights in the Digital Era (March 1, 2023).
    • Public presentation of research results from the “Promoting Human Rights in the Digital Era” project (October 14, 2022).
    • “You’ll Find It on the Internet.” Research findings from the “Promoting Human Rights in the Digital Era” project (June 6, 2022).
    • Qualitative research with people with special needs to assess the impact of technology on their lives (March, 2022).
    • Press release, ‘Promoting Human Rights in the Digital Era goes live (March15, 2022).

Media, Technology & Human Rights

Media play a key role in democratic societies in how they respond to the challenges and problems thrown up by our digital age. Our lives are increasingly impacted by new technologies and digitalisation, a process accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can now not only appreciate the benefits, but also see the negative impact on people’s rights, especially for vulnerable social groups.

Media workers need to recognise, expose and respond actively to the human rights abuses which result from the indiscriminate application of digital technologies.

With this in mind, Prague Centre for Media Skills has joined a unique project  Promoting Human Rights in the Digital Era: Raising awareness and professional standards in journalism about the impact of modern technologies on human rights.

The 2-year project launched in January 2022 with funding from Norway Funds (No. LP-HRMGSA-017). PCMS is working with 4 other partner organisations to introduce the first long-term educational programme in the Czech Republic focused on fighting discrimination and human rights abuses. It will encourage the production and distribution of content created by specialist journalists who cover modern technologies and their application as part of their beat.

The programme will generate a series of online multimedia training manuals  and the publication of professional guidelines. These will be intended both for student journalists and for professionals working in both Czech and Norwegian media, as part of the lifelong training experience. 

Project Partners

Iuridicum remedium: Human Rights, Digital Rights

Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University: Education, Journalism, Robotics and AI in Media

Institute of State and Law: Research, Law and AI

Prague Center for Media Skills: Media, Training and Human Rights

Elektronisk Forpost Norge (Electronic Frontier Norway): Digital Rights, Technology and Human Rights

Project Duration: January 2022- January 2024

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