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Thursday, May 17 • 14:30 - 15:45
The evidence locker of the 21st century: cooperation between social media platforms and law enforcement authorities for preserving digital material for justice

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The increased posting and sharing of graphic material and human rights abuses on open source platforms, including perpetrator footage, provides criminal investigators and prosecutors with a wealth of potential evidence. However, the disgust that this material generates in online communities, and the pressure exercised by governments on social media platforms to delete extremist content and curb “fake news” (mis-, dis- and malinformation) has put tremendous pressure on social media companies to take down this content—threatening the potential for this footage to support the pursuit of justice. 

This session will convene law enforcement authorities and NGOs working to bring cases based on photos and videos posted online, and representatives from the social media platforms where this footage is oftentimes posted (Youtube, Twitter and Facebook). The preservation of digital material for future prosecutions is an emerging area of concern, which challenges should be addressed in parallel to the ongoing conversation on content moderation taking place in different policy fora. The session, however, will not deal with online community guidelines, and will focus instead on the specific questions that the archiving and other preservation of this material raises. For example, how do the current channels to submit requests for information to US social media companies impede or delay investigations? Can the ICC obtain this information given the challenges the American Service-Members’ Protection Act may pose to coordination with US companies? What are the rights of the accused or person under investigation? How do the different scenarios differ in terms of policy-making: company takedown vs. content deleted by user?

The roundtable will be held under Chatham House rule to facilitate an honest conversation. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to address the different perspectives on the issue, and to outline the ideal scenario for each stakeholder group. The next 30 min will be devoted to collating the challenges each stakeholder faces. The final 15 minutes will be for fleshing out specific action items with the idea of moving towards detailed guidelines or a working framework for the preservation of digital material.

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Wendy Betts

Project Director, eyeWitness to Atrocities
Wendy Betts is the Director of eyeWitness to Atrocities, an organisation that combines law and technology to promote accountability for serious international crimes. The eyeWitness system allows human rights documenters to capture photos/videos of human rights violations that can... Read More →

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Carmen Cheung

Legal Director, Center for Justice and Accountability
Carmen Cheung is the legal director of the Center for Justice and Accountability. CJA's mission is to deter torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights abuses around the world through innovative litigation and transitional justice strategies. Until... Read More →
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Lindsay Freeman

Senior Legal Researcher / Project Manager, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
Lindsay Freeman is an international criminal and human rights lawyer based in The Hague, Netherlands. As a researcher for the Human Rights Center, she leads the drafting of the International Protocol on Open Source Investigations. Her research focuses on the use of technology and... Read More →
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Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS
In short....video, human rights, deepfakes, media manipulation, citizen participation, role of companies, AI, live video and experiential activismIn "long"...Sam Gregory is an award-winning technologist, media-maker, and advocate, and Program Director of WITNESS (www.witness.org) which helps people use video and technology to defend human rights. Founded after the Rodney King incident, WITNESS has 30 years of experience in 100+ countries, supporting critical uses of video to secure accountability, reaching millions of people with skills and tools, engaging... Read More →
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Natalia Krapiva

Legal Advisory Board Member, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Law JD Candidate, Berkeley Human Rights Center's Investigations Lab Member, conducting open source investigations in Syria and other countries and advising the Lab's students and staff on investigative strategies and new projects. Previous experiences at the... Read More →
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Raquel Vazquez Llorente

Senior Legal Advisor, eyeWitness
Raquel Vázquez Llorente is a Senior Legal Advisor at eyeWitness, where she helps bridge the gap between human rights defenders on the frontlines and investigators or prosecutors by providing guidance on the application of technology to investigations. eyeWitness has developed award-winning... Read More →
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Félim McMahon

Director of Human Rights & Technology Program; Director, Human Rights Investigations Lab, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law
Open source information pioneer, practitioner and educator with a focus on human rights and legal accountability. Leading an immersive education program at UC Berkeley teaching 80 undergraduate and graduate students how to research and analyse online information in support of human... Read More →
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Nushin Sarkarati

Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability
An attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability, working with victims of torture and serious human rights abuse to investigate and bring cases against perpetrators seeking safe haven in the US. I also represent victims of the Khmer Rouge regime in their quest for justice... Read More →
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Alexandria Walden

Global Head of Human Rights, Google
Alexandria is the global policy lead for human rights and free expression at Google. Alexandria drives Google’s work on business and human rights to support responsible approaches to policies across all Google’s products. Based in Washington, DC, Alexandria coordinates policy... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT