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Thursday, June 13 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Technology in Conflict: Assessing platform companies’ human rights responsibility and accountability in high-risk settings

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There are increasing calls for the tech industry to embrace a rights-centered approach to engagements, especially in high-risk settings. But stakeholders across sectors continue to wrestle with what exactly this means in practical terms. And platform companies in particular are grappling with their relationships to human rights and ethical standards. During this strategic roundtable, participants will collaboratively and candidly talk-through the following discussion questions, based on current real-world situations where these problems are especially acute: What responsibility do companies have for third party content shared or developed on their platforms and the impacts or harms the content may enable? As AI developers create new technology, what expectations will be placed on developers to understand how their customers plan to use the technology? What responsibility do platform companies have to prevent, mitigate or remediate human rights harms for which it is not possible to demonstrate causation or contribution? What would that responsibility look like? Can we align the interests of relevant stakeholders (public and private) to agree on a set of guidelines for platform companies introducing their products in high-risk settings? Participants’ views and experiences will help inform a publication of recommendations for platform companies introducing their technology in high-risk settings.

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Jennifer Easterday

Co-Founder & Executive Director, JustPeace Labs
I am an attorney with expertise in human rights law, international criminal law and peacebuilding. My work with NGOs and international tribunals focuses on strengthening responses to armed conflict and mass human rights abuses in Africa, Latin America and Europe. I promote ethical... Read More →

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Steve Crown

Deputy General Counsel, Human Rights, Microsoft
UNGPs. HRIAs. Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights.
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Hibah Kamal-Grayson

Public Policy Manager, Human Rights and Internet Governance, Google
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David Sullivan

Learning & Development Director, Global Network Initiative
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Helena Puig Larrauri

Director, Build Up
Helena is a governance and development professional with over a decade of experience advising and supporting UN agencies, multi-lateral organisations and NGOs working in conflict contexts and polarized environments. She specializes in the integration of digital technology and innovation... Read More →
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Chloe Poynton

Co-Founder and Principal, Article One
Chloe is a Principal at Article One, a business & human rights consulting firm that works with companies, institutions, and state agencies to develop and implement strategies to promote corporate respect for human rights.

Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
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