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Before Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Yelp became powerhouses and mainstays around the world, they required funding and support to survive. Enter the Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the individual who has first access to some of the most promising and newly emerging tech companies in the world. But does this great power come with an equally great responsibility to guide a company's public policy positionings? What role, if any, does the venture capitalist come to bear in ensuring the privacy and security of a fledging company's future users? This session will examine the civic, moral, and economic responsibilities and consequences in venture capitalism in ignoring - or supporting - the human rights of future users and in securing the future of its investment. It will examine how questions of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and other fundamental rights online have been elevated in public debate in the past few years, and whether it is in the venture capitalist's best interests to engage with these issues from a financial and governance perspective. Find out who's funding what, whether there are any red lines, and what the issues at play are.