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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Beyond CSR: Promoting Strong Human Rights Performance in the Private Sector

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International human rights rules are designed to bind States rather than private actors. On the Internet, this poses a challenge because many of the most important and influential actors are in the private sector. Multinational giants like Google and Facebook exercise a power over online speech that dwarfs that of most States. Yet, while these companies are keen to portray themselves as champions of freedom of expression, there is no solid understanding of what it means for a private company to behave responsibly in a human rights context.

This session will be the first public presentation of the findings of a major research project to define good practice for the private sector in a number of fields impacting online speech, including expanding access, net neutrality, moderating or removing user content, protecting privacy and anonymity, transparency and engagement with users. The project has developed a set of guidelines for how private sector actors can bring their policies into line with the human rights interests of the online community. The workshop aims first to present these guidelines, and then to facilitate a robust dialogue with attendees from the private sector, academia and civil society.

The project is led by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), in collaboration with the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, the Centre for Internet and Society, Open Net Korea, the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information at the University of Palermo and researchers with the University of Ottawa and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.


Elonnai Hickok

Director - Internet Governance, Centre for Internet and Society
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Michael Karanicolas

Senior Legal Officer, Centre for Law and Democracy
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David Kaye

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, United Nations
Prof. Kaye’s scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate international law—especially human rights law—in a domestic American context, whether in courts, legislatures, or the executive branches of... Read More →
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K.S. Park

Co-Founder/ Professor, Open Net Korea/ Korea University Law School
Internet law, freedom of speech, privacy, Korean judiciary, net neutrality, film industry, antitrust, open government, copyright | Successful impact litigations - striking down Internet real-name law, "false news" crime, and Internet election regulation; holding telcos liable for data disclosure secrecy; holding a copyright society for bad faith takedown notice; and defending dissident bloggers from criminal defamation and insult laws and... Read More →

Wednesday March 30, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Cottage

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