Recent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world.
The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research.
Chuck Cosson helps Microsoft Corporation with public policy counsel in a number of substantive areas, including policy lead on children's safety, work on free expression/human rights, and contributions on telecoms/media policy including regulation of new media services. Cosson also supports Microsoft's policy communications work and its citizenship initiatives, with an emphasis on online safety, and helps coordinate its efforts on international telecoms policy.
Before coming to Microsoft in 2004, Cosson was VP for Public Policy in Vodafone's Americas/Asia region. There, he led the company's public policy efforts in the U.S. and contributed to policy and CSR work in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Brazil. Chuck also chaired the policy team at the Liberty Alliance, where he was active on Internet safety and privacy issues. Prior to Vodafone, Cosson worked on public policy matters at AirTouch Communications and at the United States Telephone Association in Washington,D.C.
Cosson attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and the George Washington University law school. He is a native of Washington, D.C., and is married with two children.
As Senior Vice President of the Calvert Group, Social Research and Policy of the Calvert Group, Bennett Freeman leads the social, environmental and governance research, analysis, policy and advocacy work of the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S. based in Bethesda. MD. He directs the Social Research Department of twenty analysts and other staff, and serves on the Management Committee of this private asset management company with $13 billion in assets. Freeman serves on the Board of Directors of Oxfam America, the International Board of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (representing Oxfam), the Governing Board of the Revenue Watch Institute, the Board of the Institute for Business and Human Rights, and the Board of the Genocide Intervention Network.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a frequent speaker and media commentator on corporate responsibility, human rights and U.S. foreign policy.
Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology. Ms. Harris is responsible for the overall vision, direction and management of the organization and serves as the organization's chief spokesperson. Since joining CDT, she has been involved with a wide range of issues related to civil liberties and the Internet, including, government data- mining for counterintelligence, government secrecy, privacy, global Internet freedom, intellectual property, data security and Internet censorship.
Ms. Harris has over two decades of experience as a civil liberties, technology and Internet lawyer, public policy advocate and strategist in Washington. She testifies before Congress on issues related to technology, the Internet and civil liberties and writes, speaks on Internet issues and is regular contributor to several online publications and blogs.
Dunstan Hope works with a diverse range of companies—including Internet, software, telecommunications, and consumer electronics companies—on corporate responsibility issues such as human rights, climate change, reporting, sustainability strategy, and stakeholder engagement.
Since 2006, Hope facilitated the multi-stakeholder process to develop global principles on freedom of expression and privacy, which included a diverse mix of companies, civil society organizations, academics, and investors. This led to the launch of the Global Network Initiative in October 2008.
Hope also facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Implementation Group, a collaboration among more than 30 information and communications technology companies to improve conditions in their supply chains.
Colin M. Maclay
Colin M. Maclay is the Managing Director of the Berkman Center, where he is privileged to work in diverse capacities with its faculty, staff, fellows and extended community to realize its ambitious goals.
His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions. Both as Co-founder of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard's Center for International Development and at Berkman, Maclay's research has paired hands-on multi stakeholder collaborations with the generation of data that reveal trends, challenges and opportunities for the integration of ICTs in developing world communities.
Maclay has worked extensively in India, Latin America and at the international level on ICT policy for the underserved, developing and implementing research projects on topics including rural ICT access, ICTs in education, entrepreneurship, telecommunications infrastructure and policy, electronic government, and IT Enabled Services. He has a particular interest in leveraging universities' unique capacity to engage in varied ICT policy and impact research and dialogue, and conduct technology research and development. Outside Harvard, he is a fellow at the University of Washington's Center for Internet Studies, Chairman of the Sports for Development Foundation, and Advisor to the World Computer Exchange.
Maclay's studies have taken him to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Northeastern University.
Deirdre K. Mulligan
Deirdre K. Mulligan is the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a clinical professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Before coming to Boalt, she was staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington.
Through the clinic, Mulligan and her students foster the public's interest in new computer and communication technology by engaging in client advocacy and interdisciplinary research, and by participating in developing technical standards and protocols. The clinic's work has advanced and protected the public's interest in free expression, individual privacy, balanced intellectual property rules, and secure, reliable, open communication networks.
Michael Samway is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Yahoo! Under his leadership, the company is a participant in the Global Network Initiative, a joint effort between technology and human rights organizations to protect free speech and privacy for those in restrictive governments.
Nicole Wong is Associate General Counsel for Products and Intellectual Property at Google. Prior to joining Google, Wong was a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP, where she led a team of attorneys specializing in Internet law, including online content regulation, intellectual property, privacy, security and eCommerce.
In addition to her practice, Wong is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to law and technology. Wong previously served as co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Internet Law Institute and as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she taught media law.
Wong speaks at national and international conferences regarding Internet issues and, in April 2000, testified before the House of Representatives regarding the Fourth Amendment and the Internet. She received her law degree and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the UC Berkeley.
Rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human. The term came into wide use after World War II, replacing the earlier phrase natural rights, which had been associated with the Greco-Roman concept of natural law since the end of the Middle Ages. As understood today, human rights refer to a wide variety of values and capabilities reflecting the diversity of human circumstances and history. They are conceived of as universal, applying to all human beings everywhere, and as fundamental, referring to essential or basic human needs. Human rights have been classified historically in terms of the notion of three generations of human rights. The first generation of civil and political rights, associated with the Enlightenment and the English, American, and French revolutions, includes the rights to life and liberty and the rights to freedom of speech and worship. The second generation of economic, social, and cultural rights, associated with revolts against the predations of unregulated capitalism from the mid-19th century, includes the right to work and the right to an education. Finally, the third generation of solidarity rights, associated with the political and economic aspirations of developing and newly decolonized countries after World War II, includes the collective rights to political self-determination and economic development. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, many treaties and agreements for the protection of human rights have been concluded through the auspices of the United Nations, and several regional systems of human rights law have been established. In the late 20th century ad hoc international criminal tribunals were convened to prosecute serious human rights violations and other crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The International Criminal Court, which came into existence in 2002, is empowered to prosecute crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide, and war crimes.
wait a minute:
doesn't Google collaborate aka 'conspire' with the corporate-enabling, totalitarian Chinese government to disappear & jail social dissidents ?
...you know, much like the US was happy to torture juvenile * suspected* offenders & Uyghur / ئۇيغۇر / 维吾尔 people in GITMO ?
pardon me if I'm skeptical about the Real-World institutional application ethics, or even Corporate Responsibility and Complicity chez Google
...it smells too much like the AT&T & ilk's warrant-less wiretapping deal
Sorry, but I'm horrified that G8 nations no longer respect human rights off-shore, much less protect the privacy & human rights of domestic & NATO nations' Peoples...
I'd respect Google representatives' learned opinions if I knew they were in practise
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True, we would be able to stop people from over spamming sites but at the same time, but then the US would then be able to even more efficiently track what exactly you are doing. Sites like google and yahoo are bound by their user vow/contract that they will not divulge in private information but if the government was the one that was controlling it, what would stop them from saying that you are a threat to society and have them bust into your home?
The government is already implementing cameras that take photos of cars' license plates which is supposed to be used for speed limit purposes but they could easily track down which routes you have been taking and can watch your every move. Do you really think that is a good idea?
But I agree with sunoveristambul. Freedom is speech is priority number one. Who is to say that you are allowed to play God of the internets?
I believe the ALL forms of internet use are valid. It seems obvious that the allowance clause for anything to do with the ending of "--philia" in the proposed legislation is for "pedophilia". This is sickening. BUT If censorship steps are taken.... WHO will decide what should be on the internet. Information has always been controlled.. revolutions coming about with the invention of the printing press.. freedom to expess ALL INFORMATION and opinions is a must. But the resistriction of information will ALWAYS be taken by the elitist controling powers.
As we move forward as a society, we advance our communications in a more transparent and intangible form of medium. First the book, then the radio, then the tv, then the mobile and so on. Technology communications will be more miniaturized and less tangible in control mannered by distance as well. This kind of trend may also arise a lot of skepticism about the person recognition identity presence and interaction. This intangibility sense in interaction by no way should be interpreted and be used as a camouflage mandate. When I am writing something I am writing it from me to you, I mean even as a book to say or in a blog to print. It is my written speech and for this I am responsible for, so I put my name in, the real one. This is an act of freedom of speech and act of trust of each other, in public. And by this we honor the other person we attempt to talk to and we honor the dialogue and our democracy.
Always safer to be yourself.