#Tech4Rights Expo - Elections, Technology and Information Disorder

28 October 2021
14:00 - 15:30 (SAST)

The 2021 #Tech4Rights Expo will be held virtually from 26 October to 29 October 2021. Join academics, civil society, human rights defenders, state and private sector representatives, artists and many more in exploring how technology influences human rights.

International IDEA's Head of Democracy Assessment Unit, Dr Seema Shah will participate in this virtual event, in the session discussing 'Elections, Technology and Information Disorder'. The panel discussion will include topics such as information disorder, the impact of information disorder on elections and the response from social media platforms to these challenges and their effectiveness in the African context. 

In 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, launched the campaign: #Tech4Rights: Rethinking a human rights-based approach to new technologies in Africa. As part of this campaign, the centre will host an online #Tech4Rights Expo with the aim to convene various stakeholders and explore key areas of human rights that intersect with new technologies. The themes featured in the Expo include democratic development, artificial intelligence, children’s rights, among many others.The overall objectives of the Expo are:

  • to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned in harnessing new technologies for the advancement of human rights and combating challenges;
  • to provide a platform for engagement with duty bearers on the adoption of human rights approaches to implementation of digital technologies in Africa;
  • to build stronger regional partnerships for advocacy on the effective use of digital technologies for human rights protection; and
  • to provide a space for creative minds to showcase innovative tools, applications and strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights in the digital age.


Elections, Technology and Information Disorder

28 October 2021
14:00 – 15:30 



Marystella Simiyu,  Programme officer: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights



  • Seema Shah, Head of Democracy Assessment Unit, International IDEA
  • Maina Kiai, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • William Bird, Director, Media Monitoring Africa 
  • Ian Barber, Senior Legal Officer, Global Partners Digital


All participants are required to register on the #Tech4Rights event website.*


Individuals noted on any UN sanctions list (United Nations Security Council Consolidated List) or European Union sanctions list are not allowed to participate in any International IDEA events.

The event will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Partner Organizations/collaborators: 
The Centre for Human Rights