In the online environment, private intermediaries heavily influence the conditions in which human rights are exercised. Companies’ corporate responsibility to respect human rights has been highlighted by international organizations, in documents such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the reports by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. These standards offer general principles that should be observed in terms of freedom of expression, privacy (including data protection) and due process, but usually lack procedural orientations on how to implement them. In this context, a remaining challenge seems to be how to enforce the existing international human rights standards in a transnational environment and make them be reflected in concrete practices and policies such as Terms of Service, transparency reports, internal audits, etc. This workshop will gather different stakeholders to discuss how the ICT sector can effectively implement their responsibility to protect human rights. The proposal is to understand what are the challenges faced by companies in this aspect and how they can be jointly addressed. In the occasion, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression will give a keynote about his report on ICT sector corporate responsibility to protect and respect human rights launched in June 2016. Empirical evidence produced by the project Terms of Service and Human Rights, developed by CTS-FGV will also be presented to stimulate the debate.
David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Jamila Venturini, Center for Technology and Society at FGV Rio Law School (CTS-FGV)
João Brant, OBSERVACOM - Observatorio Latinoamericano de Regulación, Medios y Convergencia
Katie Shay, Yahoo
Peter Micek, Access Now
Pranesh Prakash, Centre for Internet and Society (CIS India) - TBC
Moderator: Luca Belli, Center for Technology and Society at FGV Rio Law School (CTS-FGV)