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Wednesday, May 16 • 17:15 - 18:15
Forget about the President- let's talk to Facebook

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Why "forget the President?" Because from free expression to physical safety, company decisions around policy, design, and enforcement today can affect people’s lives as much as decisions made by elected officials. That’s why civil society has started to engage with companies as if they were elected bodies. Today, advocates from organizations all over the world- but especially from the United States- are trying to communicate with companies about vulnerable users, data use policies, content enforcement, and more.

In this workshop, company representatives, advocates, and activists will talk about the process of tech company advocacy- how it works, case studies on
successes and failures, and critiques- including how this process
centers voices from the United States, and how we can do better at avoiding this problem. The goal is to provide activists and advocates with a better idea of the who, what, why, and how of this type of work, and to provide companies with a better understanding of why we're doing it and what it costs in terms
of time, trauma, and 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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Afsaneh Rigot


Dia Kayyali

Program Manager, tech + advocacy, WITNESS
Dia Kayyali coordinates WITNESS’ tech + advocacy work, engaging with technology companies and working on tools and policies that help human rights advocates safely, securely and ethically document human rights abuses and expose them to the world.
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Alexa Koenig

Executive Director, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
Alexa is the executive director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer-in-residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law. She co-chairs... Read More →
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Peter Stern

Policy Manager for Stakeholder Engagement, Facebook
Peter Stern is a Manager in the Product Policy group at Facebook in Menlo Park, California. Product Policy is responsible for writing and interpreting global policies governing what users can share on Facebook, and how advertisers and developers interact with the site. Peter leads... 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 →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 EDT