Case example – project design phase
As an example, if you are currently designing a project about digital public participation in political processes in a region or a country you are most likely already considering data protection and privacy risks. Since the project would very clearly involve individual persons, it will be important to already at this early stage consider what the broader human rights risks might be with the project so that any preventive measures can be taken.
Case example – project implementation phase
If you, instead, would be implementing the project about digital public participation in political processes in a region or a country, you have most likely already considered data protection and privacy risks during the design phase. Since the project risks impacting individual persons (rights holders) as they use and engage with the various digital platforms, dashboards and other digital solutions, it will be important to take apply a broader human rights lens to the project in order to take preventive measures to address potential future impacts, or to mitigate any impacts that may have already occurred.
Case example – ‘Planned use of digital tool’ or ‘Currently using a digital tool’
Though a renewable energy project as such might not be considered a digital project, it may well be that digital solutions are planned to be used within that project, for specific purposes. For example, there might be a requirement that the project developer use a digital communication or social media platform to engage with local stakeholders. In this case, the correct option would be to select either ‘Planned use of tool’ or ‘Currently using a digital tool’, and to use this Digital Rights Check to assess what the human rights risks involved in using that tool might be.