Privacy, Security and Freedom of Expression — Learning Day

December 2, 2015 9:30 am to 4:30 pm



Parking and Directions to Room 290

What, if anything, should we do about extremist content on the Internet? What is the role of Internet companies in promoting free expression and privacy around the world? How should we manage data requests from law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, when countries have different privacy protections and different laws?

The Global Network Initiative and the Center for Internet and Society will host an all-day Learning Event on Wednesday December 2nd at Stanford Law School covering some hot topics for free expression and digital privacy. 

In a series of panel and interactive discussions, we will address the global response to extremist content and cross-border data movement. 
In addition, a panel with representatives of internet and telecommunication companies will assess the new Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index with RDR Director Rebecca MacKinnon, and discuss companies’ policies and practices for free expression, privacy, and increasing requests from governments around to world to monitor and restrict content.

Lunch will be served.

No cost for registration.

Registration from 9am

Event commences at 9.30am and finishes at 5pm.


9.30am – Introductions/Opening Remarks

Introduction: Kath Cummins, Global Network Initiative

Opening Remarks:

Jennifer Stisa Granick – Director of Civil Liberties, Center for Internet & Society, Stanford Law School

Mark Stephens, CBE – Board Chair, Global Network Initiative


Panel Session and Q&A: Addressing Extremist Content Online

9.45am – 11.15am

How should we approach extremist content to best promote free expression, privacy, diversity, personal and national security?

Moderator: Rob Mahoney – Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists; GNI Board member


Jason Pielemeier – Special Advisor and Section Lead, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, US State Department (remote participant)

Rachel Gillum Jackson – Associate, Rice Hadley Gates

Juniper Downs – Senior Counsel, Public Policy at Google; Head of Policy for YouTube Adil Haq – Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates

Yolanda Rondon – Staff Attorney, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Cynthia Wong – Senior Internet Researcher, Human Rights Watch


15 minute break


Panel Discussion and Q&A: Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties

11.30am - 12.45pm

The antiquated, pre-Internet era system that governments use to share the cross-border data required for law enforcement is under severe stress. What are the options for reforming the mutual legal assistance system? How can we ensure reform will promote advances in global human rights?

Introduction: Lisl Brunner, Telecommunications Industry Dialogue/Global Network Initiative


Greg Nojeim – Senior Counsel and Director of the Freedom, Security, and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
Andrew K. Woods – Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky Law School

Matthew Perault – Head of Policy Development, Facebook




Presentations, Roundtable discussion and Q&A:

Human Rights/Digital Rights


In this session we will hear presentations on two projects designed to assess the extent to which private companies promote and respect the digital rights of users. Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of the Ranking Digital Rights project, will discuss the newly released Corporate Accountability Index, and Amos Toh, Legal Advisor to UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of opinion and Expression, David Kaye, will discuss the new mandate to examine the responsibility of the ICT sector to promote and protect freedom of expression in the digital age. Following the presentations, company representatives will respond to and discuss the presentations and discuss the global increase in government requests for use information. We will also hear responses from GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg, and from Dunstan Allison- Hope from Business for Social Responsibility.

Introduction: Judith Lichtenberg – Executive Director, Global Network Initiative
Moderator: Michael Samway – Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University


Rebecca Mackinnon – Ranking Digital Rights

Amos Toh  - Legal Advisor to United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

Roundtable discussion and Q&A

Steve Crown – Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
Nicole Karlebach – Senior Legal Counsel, Business and Human Rights, Yahoo!
Yves Nissim – Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange Telecom
Alex Walden, Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel, Free Expression, Google
Judith Lichtenberg – Executive Director, Global Network Initiative
Dunstan Allison-Hope – Managing Director, Advisory Services, Business for Social Responsibility


20 minute break for snack


Discussion: EU Safe Harbor: What next?

3.35pm – 4.50pm

Moderator/Interviewer: Jennifer Stisa Granick - Director of Civil Liberties, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School


Tracy Shapiro – Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Henry Farrell, Professor of Political Science, George Washington University  


4.50pm – Closing remarks

5:00pm END

Stanford Law School - Room 290
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA


Looking forward to interesting conversations about human rights and free expression.

Hi--I'm an organizing member of RT4SF. Looking forward to hearing the panel.

I'm a Junior Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet & Society, and am looking forward to this event!

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