GNI’s inaugural Learning Forum brought to Washington, D.C. an exciting lineup of international speakers on cutting-edge issues relating to freedom of expression and privacy rights online:

Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online

GNI presents a new report authored by Ian Brown of the Oxford Cyber Security Centre and Douwe Korff of London Metropolitan University. The report is based on extensive research, including consultations held in Washington, London, and New Delhi during the past year. Key issues and recommendations from the report will be presented with a focus on the practical steps that companies, governments and civil society organizations can take in response to challenges and dilemmas.
Policy Engagement on Business and Human Rights in the ICT Sector

With a focus on emerging challenges to an open Internet around the world, a diverse panel will reflect on the role of companies and other stakeholders on policy issues, including intermediary liability, censorship, and the relationships between governments and companies around the world.
Concluding Reflections

  • Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Centre for Internet & Society (via videoconference)
  • Dan Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, US Department of State
  • Bob Boorstin, Director, Public Policy, Google
  • Jermyn Brooks, Independent Chair, Global Network Initiative
  • Ian Brown, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Emily Butselaar, Online Editor, Index on Censorship (via videoconference)
  • Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments
  • Leslie Harris, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
  • Mike Newman, Chief Financial Officer, Websense
  • Sara Nordbrand, Sustainable Investment – Corporate Engagement, Church of Sweden
  • Ebele Okobi, Director, Business and Human Rights Program, Yahoo!
  • Meg Roggensack, Senior Advisor, Business & Human Rights, Human Rights First
  • Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation
John Kampfner, GNI European Advisor and former Chief Executive, Index on Censorship
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