"VideoVault: Preserving online video as evidence for human rights practice and journalistic work"
ID: 454 — RightsLab
“The UN Guiding Principles require companies to conduct human rights due diligence, particularly when the company is faced with a major business event, such as market entry or exit. Several ICT companies have conducted robust market “entry” HRIAs, and a few leading companies are starting to conduct market “exit” assessments.
Responsible exit is an emerging area of business and human rights practice and literature that is not well-understood by companies, civil society, and practitioners. How much leverage does an “exiting” company have when leaving operations behind? What vehicles are available to increase leverage? What are risks to rights holders when a responsible company exits? Are there situations where companies should not exit markets at all? Should the results of the assessment be made public?
This panel will explore these issues in conversation with practitioners with deep experience in conducting human rights due diligence. TeliaSonera is one of the first telecoms companies to conduct market exit due diligence and to publish the findings from those assessments. This panel will explore the challenges in obtaining internal buy-in, conducting the assessment, and lessons learned in hindsight.”
Freedom House’s panel session will discuss how government restrictions on internet freedom impact innovation and entrepreneurship in a country’s tech sector. The panel—selected to represent viewpoints from tech entrepreneurs and activists in different countries—will begin with a discussion about how various restrictions on internet freedom in their countries stifle innovation and impede their ability to make full use of the internet to improve their societies. The discussion will also seek answers to how the tech sector can help advocate for positive policies that support tech entrepreneurship and innovation as well as respond to the unique needs of users in restrictive internet freedom environments.
The session will also include an interactive exercise during which panel participants become policy advisors to a hypothetical tech firm that is undergoing a global expansion. Panelists are presented with a series of real-life scenarios of government pressure on tech companies, taken from Freedom House’s research. Contributions by the audience will also be encouraged.
Note from the organizers: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ossama Hassanein, Chairman, Rising Tide Fund, enterprenuer, and venture capitalist will also join the panel.
At this session we will look at the issue of surveillance of migrants and refugees as one of the most urging and complex issues emerging in the area of human rights; a balancing act of security and protection. The fast and erratic outpour of migrants, particularly into Europe this last fall, has lead to changes in border control and a call for surveillance of the hundreds of thousands third country nationals. One of the most startling and unanticipated outcomes of the way in which refugees have been moving across the European continent has been new stresses on the Schengen-free travel zones comprised of 26 states, almost entirely made of EU members.
This session will reflect on the EU responses and compare it with border surveillance measures taking place in other areas of the world such as United States.
This session will focus on how social media companies censor users’ speech on their platforms through the process of moderating content.
To kick off the discussion, we will highlight the first round of analysis of the data drawn from OnlineCensorship.org, a recently launched Knight News Challenge-winning project that crowdsources user-generated reports on the takedown of content, suspension of accounts, and other issues of content moderation. The data illustrates the often-discriminatory impact of these practices and users’ perceptions of company content moderation platforms.
The ultimate objective of the project is to hold these companies more accountable to their users. We’d love to hold a discussion with the participants about ways we can use this data to effectively do so.
A few possible questions we might discuss during the workshop include:
- How is content moderation unequally affecting different communities (LGBTQ, human rights activists, artists, etc.)?
- How is abuse of the reporting function tied to censorship of certain communities?
- What would a more transparent and accountable moderation process look like?
Interested in digital rights? Live in, work with or have a wish-list for Asia? Learn about the Digital Asia Hub, and throw your ideas into the hat. Or onto the whiteboard.
Incubated by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a broader collective of diverse, international partners, the Hub is a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit that will provide a nonpartisan, open, and collaborative platform for research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building related to Internet and society issues with a focus on digital Asia. The Hub also aims to strengthen effective multi-stakeholder discourse, with both local and regional activities, and will contribute to - and itself serve as a node of - a larger network of academic organizations: the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC).
At the core of the Digital Asia Hub is independent and interdisciplinary research exploring both the opportunities and challenges related to digital technology, innovation, and society in Asia. Initial issues the Hub may explore include digital rights, governance and infrastructure, innovation, open manufacturing, and digital trade, trending technologies and technology spaces, mobile technology and its impact on access, education, entrepreneurship, and the use of ICT for development and civic engagement. Another goal of the Digital Asia Hub is to develop a robust community that shares a deep interest in and commitment to Internet and society research. It will facilitate local and regional approaches to shaping and embracing emerging opportunities in digital Asia, and it will initiate and support cross-cultural, sectoral, and disciplinary dialogues and collaborations.
Executive Director, Malavika Jayaram, is happy to chat on the Patio during lunch.
Come join Access Now as we launch our global campaign to fight internet shutdowns.
Part I: we’ll share key strategic lessons from our global #KeepitOn campaign to fight shutdowns -- how they hurt human rights, stymie local economies, and block the use of emergency services -- and what you can do to push back.
Part II: join us for a fun, interactive simulation that invites participants to respond to a fake shutdown. Through a group role play, we’ll show what tools people can use to resist shutdowns and turn the internet back on so that the information can keep flowing.
Today, 60 percent of the global population lacks Internet access. In the least developed countries only five percent of people, at most, are connected to the Internet. To close that gap, stakeholders are charged to accelerate progress towards affordable Internet access in the least developed countries within the next five years, through global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals and the WSIS+10 Outcome Document.In this session, Global Connect partners - including governments, civil society, and companies - will consult on the best strategies to move forward a common, worldwide goal: to bring 1.5 billion people who lack Internet access online by 2020. We will explore questions such as: What are best policies, narratives, and practices to reach the 2020 and 2030 goals? What is the Global Connect Initiative and its core stepping stones? What to ask and expect from the Multilateral Banks meeting occurring in April in Washington, DC? And, what is the role of Civil Society within this effort and how the technical community can help address the challenges? The session will be structured with a 30 minute presentation by a diverse set of longtime advocates, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. One possible goal is for RightsCon participants to ask Financial Ministers - core actors of the April Multilateral Banks Meeting - to commit national investments on ICT infrastructure, broadband plans, and related.