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Wednesday, May 16 • 14:30 - 15:45
Human rights due diligence in telecommunications – is the current practice the good practice?

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The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights indicate that businesses should carry out due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address human rights impacts. Over the past year, telecommunications companies have begun to publish more detailed information about their approach to human rights due diligence, with some even publishing full impact assessment reports. This interactive discussion will review some of the lessons that telecommunications companies have learned from conducting due diligence. We will seek consensus on some good practices and explore whether current practice is consistent with stakeholder expectations.

Questions to be addressed:

When is the right time to conduct a human rights impact assessment? When should a company use external experts to conduct due diligence, and when will internal resources suffice? How can due diligence be effectively built into a company’s day-to-day operations? What are some of the lessons learned in recent human rights due diligence activities?

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Michael Samway

President, The Business and Human Rights Group
Michael Samway is president of The Business and Human Rights Group, where he advises technology companies on ethical decision-making regarding free expression, privacy, public safety and national security. Samway spent ten years (2000-2010) at Yahoo!, where he was a vice president... Read More →


Patrik Hiselius

Senior Advisor, Digital Rights, Telia Company
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Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontieres
I work at the intersection of Tech, Human Rights, Business.I am a lawyer, and the Executive Director of Internet Without Borders, an organisation defending digital rights, and an open Internet for all.
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Cynthia Wong

Senior Researcher, Internet And Human rights, Human Rights Watch
Cynthia M. Wong is the senior researcher on the Internet and human rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Wong worked as an attorney at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and as director of their Project on Global Internet Freedom. She conducted much of the organization’s... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT