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Exploring Design & Human Rights 

Papers

These papers aim to analyze how the design of human rights practices affect society. 

Protecting the Privacy of Children 

This paper aims to develop a category within this fourth generation by identifying how the privacy rights of children within the United States must expand in response to the development of big data on social media.

Op-ed: The System of Social Media

Before calling for change, Vaclav Havel notes that systems “only works as long as people are willing to live within the lie.” Therefore, we must first identify the system driving the influence of social media. Afterwards, we can follow the steps of previous campaigns with similar power struggles that are outlined in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Thoughts on Technology

Selected discussion posts from a course on Big Data and Society.

Digitizing Human Rights Final

The digitalization of human rights is a bijection. As we design the digital world, we must recognize the effect the digital world has on society

Standardizing Human Rights and Genocide

While a common language allows for the international community to unite, the standardization of human rights must be recognized as a double-edged sword. The negative effects of standardizing can be observed through the difficulties of defining, identifying, and politicking the concept of genocide.

Cultural Convergence and Human Rights

Examining the arguments surrounding the rights of women within varying cultural conditions reveals two opposing perspectives on the standardization of human rights. Susan Moller Okin advocates for absolute convergence, suggesting a uniform and universal approach to human rights. On the other hand, Lila Abu-Lughod supports conditional convergence, emphasizing the need to allow for diverse cultural contexts. 

The Quantification of Human Rights

The perception that mathematics can serve as an objective third-party hides the subjective dimension involved in the vernacularization of human rights. The quantification of human rights into practice has given a power to the language and translators of mathematics that limits the capacity for self-determination.

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