Transformer States

A Series on Digital Government and Human Rights

Through this project, the Center explores the digital transformation of the State and its impacts on the lives and rights of individuals, through in-depth interviews with practitioners and academics working on digital government and through blog posts by practitioners and scholars.

This series of interviews and blog posts draws attention to varied and indicative cases of the problems which can arise when governments’ digitalization efforts follow certain logics and move in certain directions.

Each episode features an in-depth interview with a practitioner or academic who is undertaking cutting-edge research or advocacy on the digital transformation of government. A curated series of blog posts accompanies these interviews, written by practitioners and scholars alike.

The series is guided by a set of central questions:

  • What are the promises of digital transformation?
  • What political ideals and motives are propelling these developments and who is involved in driving and producing these digital transformations?
  • What human rights concerns have already emerged and are to be expected?
  • And, what can and should be the response of the human rights movement, but also of governments, legislators, courts, and wider civil society, to ensure that digital government lives up to its promises and protects and fulfills the human rights of all?

The aim of this series is not only to allow participants to become better acquainted with topics at the intersection of digital government and human rights, but also to create an accessible, open-access repository of information and resources.