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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15 - 11:45
WS168: Implementing human rights standards to the ICT sector

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In the online environment, private intermediaries heavily influence the conditions in which human rights are exercised. Companies’ corporate responsibility to respect human rights has been highlighted by international organizations, in documents such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the reports by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. These standards offer general principles that should be observed in terms of freedom of expression, privacy (including data protection) and due process, but usually lack procedural orientations on how to implement them. In this context, a remaining challenge seems to be how to enforce the existing international human rights standards in a transnational environment and make them be reflected in concrete practices and policies such as Terms of Service, transparency reports, internal audits, etc. This workshop will gather different stakeholders to discuss how the ICT sector can effectively implement their responsibility to protect human rights. The proposal is to understand what are the challenges faced by companies in this aspect and how they can be jointly addressed. In the occasion, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression will give a keynote about his report on ICT sector corporate responsibility to protect and respect human rights launched in June 2016. Empirical evidence produced by the project Terms of Service and Human Rights, developed by CTS-FGV will also be presented to stimulate the debate.

Speakers are:

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Jamila Venturini, Center for Technology and Society at FGV Rio Law School (CTS-FGV)
João Brant, OBSERVACOM - Observatorio Latinoamericano de Regulación, Medios y Convergencia
Katie Shay, Yahoo
Peter Micek, Access Now
Pranesh Prakash, Centre for Internet and Society (CIS India) - TBC

Moderator: Luca Belli, Center for Technology and Society at FGV Rio Law School (CTS-FGV)


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Luca Belli

Researcher, Center for Technology and Society at FGV
Luca Belli, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, Rio de Janeiro, where he leads the 'Internet Governance @ FGV' project. Luca is also associated researcher at the Centre de Droit Public Comparé of Paris 2 University. Before joining CTS, Luca worked for the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit; served as a Network Neutrality Expert for the Council... Read More →
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Jamila Venturini

Researcher, Center for Technology and Society at FGV Rio Law School
Jamila Venturini is a researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS-FGV) where she coordinates the projects Privacy in the Digital Age and Terms of Service & Human Rights. She is the author of the book “Recursos Educacionais Abertos no Brasil: o campo, os recursos e sua apropriação em sala de aula”, about Open Educational Resources in Brazil, and one of the authors of the book "Terms of Service and Human Rights: an analysis... Read More →


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15 - 11:45
Workshop Room 7 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

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