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Corporate Data and Human Rights: A Panel on Corporate Transparency and Accountability Around Internet Surveillance and Censorship

February 18, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM PST
Social Science Matrix
8th floor of Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley campus
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How can Internet companies be more transparent and accountable in how they monitor and censor online behavior? What (and whose) rights are threatened when companies disclose customer data in response to government demands or when they block online activity or take down content? What obligations do companies have to resist government demands, and what tools can advocates use to confront abuses?
On February 18, 2016, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Program—in partnership with Social Science Matrix, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and the Center for Technology, Society & Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Information—will present a panel discussion on corporate transparency and accountability around Internet surveillance and censorship. The panel will be moderated by Cynthia Wong, Senior Researcher on the Internet and Human Rights for Human Rights Watch. Participants on the panel include:
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Project Director of Ranking Digital Rights at New America
  • Bennett Freeman, Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness and former Deputy Assistant of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  • Bill Marczak, Computer Science PhD student at UC Berkeley; Research Fellow at Citizen Lab (University of Toronto)
  • Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California
  • Jim Dempsey, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Berkeley Law
The panel is open to the public and will include time for audience questions and discussion. A reception with refreshments will follow the event. For more information, please contact Lynsay Skiba at