Internet and telecommunications companies, along with mobile device and networking equipment manufacturers, exert growing influence over the political and civil lives of people all over the world. These companies share a responsibility to respect human rights.
The RDR project brings together a group of international researchers and advocates who are now developing a methodology to evaluate and rank the world’s major Internet and telecommunications companies on policies and practices related to free expression and privacy in the context of international human rights law. Funds permitting, RDR plans to launch an annual ranking of as many as 100 companies by late 2014. Project Lead Rebecca MacKinnon will introduce the project, provide an update on its progress, and seek advice from the assembled group about how to maximize the ranking's impact.
About Rebecca MacKinnon: Rebecca is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation where she leads the Ranking Digital Rights project. She is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (2012) and co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online. MacKinnon serves on the Boards of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and theCommittee to Protect Journalists. She is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communications Studies. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN based in China and Japan for a total of 12 years. She has held fellowships at Harvard’sShorenstein Center on the Press and Publicy Policy and Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Open Society Fellowship, and Princeton’s Center or Information Technology Policy. For two years from 2007-08 she taught at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fullbright scholar in Taiwan in 1991-92. She lives in Washington DC.
Space is limited to 20 participants. And remember: It's a BBL, so bring your own lunch.