Governance and Human Rights Digital Rights and Health

Programme funded by Fondation Botnar


The stronger control of governments in attempts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic has elevated the debate on data and digital rights, and its wider implications for human rights and democracy. 

In the digital age, public awareness of the long-term impact of sharing data has on privacy remains low. This is critical, especially for vulnerable young people. Within the challenging rapid growth of technology, governments, legislators, CSOs, private sector, and journalists are required to work together towards a digital ecosystem in line with FoE principles.  

This 24-month project aims to support journalists to better fulfil their mandate by: 

  • Improving quality media coverage on data and digital rights of children and young adults.
  • Strengthening local and national journalism through cross-border collaboration and enhanced media ethics.
  • Amplifying the promotion of data and digital rights from a ‘bottom up’ empowerment to demand a ‘top down’ strengthening of accountability mechanisms.

TRF will deliver a training programme on digital rights with a health angle for journalists, sponsor two RISJ research fellowships focused on digital rights, train researchers to communicate effectively their findings with the media, and sponsor the participation of more than 10 changemakers in TRF Trust Conference 2021 and 2022.  

Programme funded by Fondation Botnar

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss-based foundation which champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments. To achieve this, the foundation supports research, catalyses diverse partners, and invests in scalable solutions around the world: 

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