Global Health Centre

The data wave in global health: What are the implications for human rights?

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Global Health Centre Research Seminar

Online Event, 10am CET

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Data-driven technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are set to revolutionise the health sector, driving transformation in virtually all public health areas, from diagnostics, to screening, treatment and beyond. Big data, digital tech and AI may contribute to the fulfilment of social rights, serving as a critical tool to enable social mobilisation and identify health disparities, discrimination and inaccessibility. However, the way data, AI and technology are used in global health raises important questions about human rights including how rights can be ensured during the digital wave. These important questions underpin a special section in the December 2020 issue of the Health and Human Rights Journal. In this roundtable, the contributing editors and authors will take up these questions, including in relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement and the present pandemic.



  • Meg Davis, Special Advisor, Strategy and Partnerships, Global Health Centre; Course Coordinator, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
  • Carmel Williams, Executive Editor, Health and Human Rights Journal
  • Sharifah Sekalala, Associate Professor, University of Warwick
  • Shirin Heidari, Senior Researcher, Global Health Centre; Founding President, GENDRO
  • Moderated by Ryan Whitacre, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Health Centre



The Global Health Research Seminars aim to build community and advance research in global health.