Jay Aronson (Carnegie Mellon University)

Molly Land (University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute & School of Law)

Enrique Piracés (RightsLab)

Jay Aronson (Carnegie Mellon University)

Jay Aronson is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Carnegie Mellon University. His research and teaching focus is on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in a variety of contexts. He is currently engaged in a long-term study of the ethical, political, and social dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster identification of the missing and disappeared. This work is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Jay is also part of a project that seeks to improve the quality of civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict, and recently received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to evaluate the potential impact of social media and “big data” analytics on human rights fact-finding. He is the founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon, which facilitates partnerships between members of the human rights community and academics with expertise in statistics, computer science, machine learning, ethics and other relevant disciplines.

Molly Land (University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute & School of Law)

International law and human rights scholar Molly Land joined the UConn Law faculty in 2013. Drawing on her human rights expertise and background as an intellectual property litigator, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on the effect of new technologies on human rights fact-finding, advocacy, and enforcement, as well as the role of human rights norms and framing strategies in organizing around human rights issues. Her current work explores the extent to which human rights law can provide a foundation for claims of access to the Internet as well as the opportunities and challenges for using new technologies to achieve human rights objectives.

Enrique Piracés (RightsLab)

Enrique Piracés. works at the intersection of human rights, science, and technological innovation. He works in a wide variety of topics, from fact-finding and evidence gathering to data science and digital security, with particular emphasis in the implications of the use of technology in the context of human rights, as well as in the opportunities that new scientific and technological developments open for NGOs and civil society. He is an advocate for the use of Open Source and a believer in strong crypto as one of the building blocks for human rights documentation and journalistic work.  He is the founder of RightsLab.