Holding Companies to Account: Advocating for Corporate Respect for Human Rights

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This session will discuss holding technology companies accountable on their respect for free expression and privacy rights. Increasingly, companies are facing pressure from state and other actors to monitor and censor content of their users, often without any regime for ensuring public knowledge or accountability. Participants from Onlinecensorship.org and Ranking Digital Rights, two recently launched projects aiming to promote greater transparency and accountability from technology companies, will discuss their experiences in developing tools to track the policies and practices of technology companies to facilitate civil society advocacy. We hope the panel will accomplish the following goals: Overview how human rights are implicated in the practices of technology companies Compare the experiences of two projects tackling these issues in different ways Discuss methods to advocate for greater respect for human rights by tech companies While we’d like to be able to show a few examples of the data derived from each project, the session will be structured in more of a conversation style, initially between members of each project and then in a Q&A format with the community.

Holding Companies to Account: Advocating for Corporate Respect for Human Rights
Presenter/s Jillian York, Allon Bar, and colleagues from both projects
Bio/s Jillian C. York, Co-Founder, Onlinecensorship.org: Jillian C. York is a writer and activist whose work lies at the intersection of technology and policy. Based in Berlin, she serves of the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on issues of free expression, privacy, and digital security.

Allon Bar, Research Coordinator, Ranking Digital Rights: Allon Bar is a human rights specialist. He previously worked on technology and human rights from both practical and research/policy perspectives. Allon implemented the ‘Odyssey’ project, focusing on digital security for vulnerable communities, and wrote policy recommendations on freedom of expression issues for among others the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society organizations, among others.

Language English

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