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Wednesday, May 16 • 10:30 - 11:45
A Decade of Progress: Where Do We Go Next?

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When it comes to internet freedom, getting a company to flip the right switch or deploy a new policy can help protect the rights of millions of people; getting an entire industry to adopt better practices can protect billions of people. However, those changes usually don’t come about without years of hard work from advocates both inside and outside of those companies. Join us as we survey the past decade of advancements in the business and human right space and the work it took to make them happen, and as we look for lessons on how we can gain even more ground over the next ten years. Staff from the groundbreaking Business & Human Rights Program that was founded a decade ago within Yahoo and is now a part of Oath, will discuss the ins and outs of protecting human rights from the inside, and how the dedicated team model has evolved. External advocates and researchers will survey what strategies and tactics have best moved the needle on key issues like transparency and security over the years, and what tools have developed to help gauge the sector’s overall performance when it comes to protecting users’ rights. And advocates from both the inside and the outside will reflect on how best to handle the challenges and opportunities for human rights in the ICT sector that lie ahead in the next decade.

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Nicole Karlebach

Global Head, Business & Human Rights, Oath

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Kevin Bankston

Director, New America's Open Technology Institute
Internet rights advocate and Director of @NewAmerica's @OTI. Previously rolling nerdy from @ACLU in NYC to @EFF in SF to @CenDemTech in DC. Fighting to prevent dystopia.
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Omar Hakim

Organizer, Consumer Reports
Omar Hakim is a Grassroots Organizer at Consumer Reports working on financial services, technology, and privacy related matters. Prior to joining Consumer Reports, Omar was the national coordinator for Cities for Action, a coalition of mayors and municipal leaders advocating for immigration... Read More →
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Rebecca Mackinnon

Co-founder, Global Voices
Rebecca MacKinnon is an independent writer and researcher. Previously she founded the Ranking Digital Rights project which works to set global standards for how companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector and beyond should respect freedom of expression... Read More →
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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 →
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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 10:30 - 11:45 EDT