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Forging Alternative Models for Business and Human Rights [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12


Organizing a Global South Led Movement for Platform Accountabilty with the Next Billion Coalition
Enough is enough. Even though countries from the global south represent over 70% of the markets for social media platforms our issues are rarely at the table for silicon valley based companies. This is one of the reasons we formed Next Billion coalitios. We wanted frontline grassroots organizations to not only be at the table at critical platform conversation but we want our needs to be driving change when it comes to online safety, disinformation, and privacy. We also want to discuss the issues of election integrity as many of our countries were also impacted by the platforms activities in our elections. We currently have members from Myanmar, Mexico, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Syria, Palestine, Malaysia, and Philipines. While we are just getting started we want to use this session to share our vision for platform accountability as well as be a venue for other organizations interested in coming on board. We will also be sharing the finding of our latest research project which will feature comparisons of hate speech moderation on Facebook across 10 different countries.

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Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi is an artist, activist, and technologist with Equality Labs., Equality Labs
Equality Labs

Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
L'Escale (Laico)
Thursday, June 13


Political Ads on Social Networks: Tearing the curtains of opacity
At the beginning of the session, each member of the organizations will present (in 10 minutes) the advances in their research on political advertising in social networks according to points of contact to facilitate the subsequent exchange: 1) Analysis methodology implemented. 2) Obstacles in the investigation of electoral advertising in social networks. 3) Cooperation with the public and private sector: if it happened and how it happened. In the following part of the session, the moderator will summarize the state of affairs and invite the attendees to share questions and proposals to continue moving forward in the research and transparency of political advertising on social networks. We would also like to have the participation of the platforms where these practices take place. We´ll try to manage those invitations successfully before the session, but we still can not confirm them. We expect participants to adopt a proactive mindset towards sharing their own experiences and points of view in this field.

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Leandro Ucciferri

Policy Analyst, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles
I'm a lawyer, policy analyst and researcher working at the Association for Civil Rights (ADC in Spanish), a not-for-profit, independent, NGO founded in 1995, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My work focuses mostly on privacy issues. https://leandro.im

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Bruna Santos

Policy and Advocacy analyst, Coding Rights
I have a BA in Law and work as a Policy and Advocacy analyst at Coding Rights, with a special focus on Data Protection, Human Rights in the Digital Age and Internet Governance. Additionally, I also hold the position of Chair of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) at ICAN... Read More →

Nathalie Maréchal

Senior research analyst, Ranking Digital Rights
Corporate transparency & accountability; surveillance capitalism; targeted advertising business models; artificial intelligence & human rights
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Varoon Bashyakarla

Data Scientist, Tactical Tech
Varoon Bashyakarla is a data scientist at the Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based NGO that works globally at the intersection of civil society and technology. For the past two years, he has been studying how personal data is becoming a political asset, influencing elections... Read More →
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Natalia Zuazo

Associate Investigator, ADC
Political scientist specialized in tecnology. Journalist & author (Guerras de internet + Los dueños de internet). Associate investigator at ADC Argentina. Director of SALTO technnopolitical agency.

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Elyssa (Laico)


Putting Users First! The responsibility of tech SMEs in the Global South to respect human rights
This session aims to address the challenge that many tech SMEs face in implementing the UN Guiding Principles due to a lack of capacity and resources comparable to larger companies. This challenge is particularly acute in the global south, where an absence of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, and up-to-date legal and regulatory frameworks, have meant issues left unconsidered. By bringing together representatives of large tech companies, tech SMEs, human rights defenders, and others, we will debate, discuss and share the good practices of others, and find ways of transferring the broad principles in the UN Guiding Principles into practical steps that tech SMEs can take to respect their users’ human rights.

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Richard Wingfield

Head of Legal, Global Partners Digital

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Leandro Ucciferri

Policy Analyst, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles
I'm a lawyer, policy analyst and researcher working at the Association for Civil Rights (ADC in Spanish), a not-for-profit, independent, NGO founded in 1995, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My work focuses mostly on privacy issues. https://leandro.im
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'Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a social enterprise that works on digital rights and digital inclusion across Africa, with offices in Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi... Read More →
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Hibah Kamal-Grayson

Public Policy Manager, Human Rights and Internet Governance, Google

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Carthage 3 (Laico)
Friday, June 14


Sanctions, Bank-DeRisking, and the Squeeze on Human Rights: What is to be done?
Are you concerned about how bank de-risking is negatively affecting human rights work globally? Are you a Not-for-Profit Organization (NPO)whose financial transactions have been stopped, questioned or refused by banks? Do you want to learn more about this growing problem, and meet others who are looking for solutions? If so, please join our us! Bank de-risking is increasingly affecting the operations of NPOs that support some of the most vulnerable citizens in the world, namely local human rights/humanitarian actors who live in conflict zones and areas thought to be affected by money laundering and terrorist financing. International sanctions regimes place the burden of enforcement on Banks. In turn, Banks are "de-risking" --meaning reducing their exposure to "risky transactions" that could be in violation of the widening number of sanctions regimes. For NPOs working in "risky" zones, they find their financial transactions questioned, refused, returned and accounts closed. NPOs cannot function without a bank. This session will be of interest to: i) Human right advocates; ii) NPOs that have been affected by bank de-risking; iii)government attendees who champion financial inclusion and/or represent the sanctions side of the issue; and v) banking industry representatives who have been delegated the burden of enforcement.

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Rafal Rohozinski

Principal, Secdev
Rafal is the co-founder of Secdev Foundation and has worked on digital rights issues for over 20 years.

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Deirdre Collings

Executive Director, The SecDev Foundation
Deirdre Collings is the co-Founder and Executive Director of The SecDev Foundation, which works globally to promote digital opportunity, safety and citizenship in conflict and fragile contexts. She is a specialist in conflict and development, identity-based politics and digital change... Read More →
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Sherine el-Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Sherine is an expert on aid, conflict and security in the Middle East and North Africa and Europe, with over a decade worth of experience in the sector. Her career has engaged extensively with the challenges of marshalling evidence to improve development and humanitarian policy and... Read More →
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Eline Kasanwidjojo

Eline Kasanwidjojo is a senior policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague.
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Thalia Malmberg

Program Officer, Human Security Collective
Thalia Malmberg is a program officer at Human Security Collective (HSC), working on issues related to de-risking and the effects of counter terrorism financing measures on civil society. She previously worked for Women Peacemakers Program, an organization that specialized in gender-sensitive... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Elydhafa (Laico)