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Friday, April 1 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Privacy & Free Expression: Institutionalizing human rights commitments at a company

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As new start-ups emerge and existing companies grapple with how their operations intersect with human rights, including freedom of expression and privacy, responsible decision-making processes are essential. Building privacy and free expression protection into products and business plans isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s good for business. In this session, Chris Conley of the ACLU of Northern California will discuss his organization’s finding that companies that take proactive steps to design user-protective products and business plans have not only been able to mitigate risks for their users, but have also benefited from positive external recognition and increased customer trust. Nicole Karlebach and Katie Shay of Yahoo will provide an in-depth look at how Yahoo has worked to integrate human rights thinking into its business decision-making processes. They will share how Yahoo has structured its Business & Human Rights Program and how it approaches its commitments in the areas of free expression and privacy. Participants in this session will leave with a better understanding of: What the key human rights issues are for Internet companies; How respect for human rights can be consistent with business goals; and How one company has structured a dedicated human rights program to be able to inject human rights analysis into business decision-making. Participants will also meet the leaders of Yahoo’s Business and Human Rights Program, who can serve as resources for start-ups and companies looking to internalize human rights decision-making in their companies.

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Chris Conley

Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney, ACLU of Northern California
Chris Conley is the technology and civil Liberties policy attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, where his work focuses on the intersection of privacy, free speech, and emerging technology. As a lawyer and technologist, he has worked extensively on the connection between consumer products and individual rights, particularly concerns about third party "apps" that have access to social network or mobile device data without adequate controls... Read More →
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Nicole Karlebach

Senior Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights, Yahoo
Nicole Karlebach is Yahoo’s Senior Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights, leading and executing Yahoo’s efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Prior to joining Yahoo, Nicole worked as an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York, as an international policy fellow at Human Rights First examining issues of business and human rights... Read More →
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Katie Shay

Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights, Yahoo
Katie manages and executes Yahoo’s initiatives to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Prior to joining Yahoo, Katie was the Legal and Policy Coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (“ICAR”), where she led policy development and rights-based advocacy initiatives in the area of business & human rights, particularly... Read More →

Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
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