An Analysis of Human Rights Future Violations using Google Trends

By: Amit Rechavi and Tamar Berenblum

Violations exist in every part of the world. We suggest using the power of Google Trends (GT) to analyze early local concern regarding human rights. The usage of GT can predict the emergence of further human rights violations, based on specific search terms people use in local geographic areas. Surveillance capitalism is a significant threat to human rights in the digital data world and we wish to use it to alert on the potential harm of these rights. We aim to analyze an immense volume of free online data to watch human rights status and to predict future violations based on individuals' local google searches. We argue that with the richness of web-based data sources which exist outside the traditional reporting channels, we can identify through Internet-based tools, first clues and even evidence of a human rights violation outbreak. We speculate that its merit will be higher in countries where keeping fundamental human right is not kept at its desired level. The results of the study can be either theoretical – understanding the ability to predict human right violations or practical where relevant people and organization can use to predict and intercept coming human right violations.