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Research Workshop: New Technologies, Human Rights, and Transparency

April 4, 2013
10:00AM - 05:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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On April 4th the New Technologies, Human Rights, and Transparency project will hold a day-long invitation-only workshop to determine the scope and focus of general research and case study research to be conducted in 2013. The project brings together research partners from across the university and around the world to develop a methodology to evaluate and compare the policies and practices of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies as they affect Internet users’ freedom expression and privacy in a human rights context. The workshop’s purpose is to ensure that research conducted in 2013 will answer the questions and collect and analyze the data needed to draft a Phase I methodology for ranking ICT companies on free expression and privacy.

Invited participants include: UPenn faculty advisors; graduate and undergraduate students involved in the research; international research partners from Brazil, China, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and elsewhere; human rights advocates; technologists; socially responsible investors; experts on best practices in corporate ranking and rating systems; experts in the field of business and human rights, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

The proceedings will be held under Chatham House Rule and a summary of the discussion and outcome will be published online.

For more information about participating please contact Rebecca MacKinnon at mackinnon@newamerica.net

For more information about the project please see http://rankingdigitalrights.org/.