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Friday, June 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
The Tone from the Top: Setting responsible regulation for tech

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As the pace of technological development accelerates, consumers are interacting with smart devices, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and online platforms on an increasingly frequent basis. This has led to a parallel, but delayed, upswing in regulatory efforts from governments keen to protect citizens from potential negative impacts. Business leaders and policy makers face major questions about how to foster innovation, protect human rights, and ensure fair markets. We believe companies play an important role in informing and influencing regulation for new technologies, and that they should do so in a manner consistent with commitments they make to respect human rights and be responsible corporate citizens. Companies can also encourage policy frameworks that are able to adapt to rapid changes in the development and use of technology. This session will discuss how businesses and governments can best collaborate to develop responsible regulation. We will use two key cases to illustrate these opportunities: -The advent of facial recognition, and how companies are calling for regulation to protect consumers against biased decision-making and privacy violations. -Regulation intended to restrict misinformation, hate news, and harmful content online, and how companies proactively advocate for policy that balances security, privacy, and freedom of expression.

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Michaela Lee

Manager, Human Rights and Tech, BSR
Michaela is a Manager with BSR's human rights practice and advises multinational companies on ways to drive impact through human rights, sustainability, and multi-stakeholder collaboration. She specializes in tech and human rights issues with ICT companies and covers the cross-industry... Read More →

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Vivek Krishnamurthy

Clinical Attorney, Harvard Law School
I am a Clinical Attorney at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School and a Visiting Lecturer this year at the UC Davis School of Law. My clinical teacher and scholarship focus on the regulation of the internet as a cross-border phenomenon and on the human rights impacts of internet-based... Read More →
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Moira Oliver

Head of Policy & Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights, BT
I'm BT's lawyer and head of policy for human rights - responsible for our programme to implement the UNGPs in our business.
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Megan Metzger

Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research, Stanford University, Global Digital Policy Incubator
I work on human rights and AI, creative approaches to managing the challenges of online content, and multistakeholder approaches to solving the problems of the digital age. I have also conducted research on social media and protest in Ukraine and Turkey, and on the Russian state’s... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
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