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Wednesday, March 30 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ranking Tech Companies: Software, devices and networking equipment

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In November 2015 Ranking Digital Rights released its first Corporate Accountability Index. It focused on 16 of the world’s largest Internet and telecommunication companies. In future iterations, Ranking Digital Rights hopes to add other kinds of companies in the ranking, notably software producers and device and network equipment manufacturers. This will enable the inclusion of other key players in the ICT ecosystem.

Ranking such companies inevitably will come with other challenges such as comparability across a diverse kind of product range, complexities of dissecting their disclosure, and dealing with the generally more limited public disclosure by companies offering such products.

At the same time, it is clear that end-users of these products may be adversely impacted by products’ configurations and the companies’ operational decisions. Devices and software may have access to location data or biometrical information about their users, they may restrict certain types of web visits, encrypt device storage, etc. All such decisions impact users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy.

That makes it especially important to devise an approach to benchmark software producers and device and network equipment manufacturers.
In this session we want to discuss with privacy and freedom of expression experts, technical specialists, and other participants how to best incorporate such companies in the already existing RDR methodology:
- what specific products should be included?
- what indicators of the 2015 Corporate Accountability Index can be used directly for these other types of companies?
- what indicators should be adapted?
- what indicators should be added?

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America Foundation
Ranking Digital Rights

Wednesday March 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Slate

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