Conferences Worth Attending: Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference

from the human-rights-matter dept

We’re always interested in hearing about new conferences that take on really important subjects, so we’re pleased to announce that we’re acting as a media sponsor of the fantastic looking Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, taking place on October 25th & 26th in San Francisco. It’s important that this conference be held for innovators in and around Silicon Valley, given the impact companies and businesses here have around the globe — both positive and negative.

The speakers list looks fantastic, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Andrew McLaughlin, Former Deputy CTO Whitehouse, ex-Head of Policy, Google, and Founder of Civic Commons
  • Alex MacGillivray, General Counsel Twitter
  • Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist
  • Mike Posner, US Assistant Secretary of State
  • Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression, EFF
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow
  • Alex Fowler, Global Privacy & Public Policy Leader, Mozilla
  • Bram Cohen, Chief Scientist & Co-founder, BitTorrent
  • Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Co-founder, Diaspora
  • Mong Palatino, Philippine Parliament Member, and Blogger & Activist
  • Sascha Meinrath, Director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative
  • Marietje Schaake, European Parliament Member (recently mentioned here for challenging Italy’s proposed copyright law)
  • … and many many more

The conference is designed to be interactive, with an open exchange of ideas and best practices, providing an opportunity for industry leaders, startups and concerned citizens from around the world to share and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experiences. Discussion topics will include: technology and revolutions, navigating legal jurisdiction in a borderless world, coding for human rights, social media and law enforcement, user privacy and terms of service and lots more.

As a part of this, we’re happy to provide Techdirt readers a 20% discount on attending the event. You just have to register with the code “Techdirt20” by September 30th.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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As far as I know, the conference has nothing to do with IP issues, so sorta weird for you to bring that up. Obsessed much?

More weasel words Masnick? I can’t imagine that one could avoid IP issues. Let’s see who putting on the show:

ACCESS (from it’s own website)

“Access is a global movement premised on the belief that political participation and the realization of human rights in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on access to the internet and other forms of technology. Founded in the wake of the 2009 Iranian post-election crackdown, Access teams with digital activists and civil society groups internationally to build their technical capacity and to help them advocate globally for their digital rights. Access provides thought leadership and practical policy recommendations in the broader field of internet freedom, and based on that expertise mobilizes its global movement of citizens to campaign for an open internet accessible to all.
Access’ Global Movement for Digital Freedom is made up of ordinary people from all over the world. Many of us are normal internet users without much experience in either human rights or technology, but we understand that technology can be a powerful platform which gives us all additional strength to achieve greater participation, accountability and transparency. Together we can work to help each other and maintain the internet as open space for all. Join us and you’ll receive action updates with easy ways to effect real change or take action with our campaigns.”

Next, let’s see who is paying the bill:

“The conference is sponsored by Google, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo! and Mozilla and held with partners in the civil society sector.”

And who will be preaching to the apologist choir

Andrew McLaughlin* (Founder Civic Commons, Former Deputy CTO Whitehouse, ex-Head of Policy, Google
Rebecca McKinnon, New America Foundation Bernard L. Schwartz, Fellow, Board Member Global Network Initiative
Dan Gillmor, Author, Founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University?s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Jan Malinowski, Head of Media and Information at Council of Europe
Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President of Calvert Investments, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
John Markoff, The New York Times
Robert Scoble, blogger, Chief Learning Officer, Rackspace
Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist
Sam Gregory, Program Director,
Nathan Freitas, Founder, The Guardian Project
Hooman Radfar, CEO, Clearspring
Brett Solomon, Executive Director Access

Finally, who all is on the board of Access:

International Advisory Board

Andrew Rasiej – Founder of Personal Democracy Forum
Chris Hughes – Co-founder of Facebook and Director of Online Organizing for Obama?s Presidential Campaign
Eli Pariser – Former Executive Director and Current Board President of
Ethan Zuckerman – Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Co-Founder of Global Voices Online
Joe Rospars – New Media Director for Obama?s 2008 Presidential Campaign and Founding Partner of Blue State Digital
Lawrence Lessig* – Co-founder of Creative Commons and Professor at Harvard Law School
Peter Gabriel – Grammy Award winning international musician and co-founder of Witness and the Elders
Reihan Salam – Policy advisor at Economics 21, blogger and conservative political analyst
Ricken Patel – Co-founder and Executive Director,
Professor Ron Deibert – Director of the Citizen Lab, Co-founder of the OpenNet Initiative and Psiphon
Tattu Mambetallieva Emilbekovna – Director of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy
Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm – Executive Director, Witness

So you’re right Masnick. doubtful IP will come up at all.

* A real piece of shit.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Thanks. Clearly Mike doesn’t grasp that anyone who is fighting for “online freedom” will almost always also end up fighting against IP laws.

That the sponsoring companies all have a significant economic interest in diminished IP rights and in increasing their access to your person information “freely” seems almost too good to be true.

It’s a Tardian love in, with the tards not realizing that the big companies paying the bills want to cut down the IP laws and open things up so they can track you better.

Anonymous Coward says:

Philippines has no parliament

Interesting that the Filipino is stated to be from the Philippine parliament.

The Philippines does NOT have a parliament, it has a house of representatives, senate, supreme court and president. This is because the Philippines was US territory until July 4 1946. The government of the Philippines took US law on the books from that time and built on that. That is why the Philippines and US have such a similar legal system not to mention sharing the same legal forms like notary, titles etc.

There was a push by past Philippine president Arroyo to change to parliamentary system. However the people saw her for what she really was: A big government progressive and a clone of Hillary Clinton. This was roundly defeated.

Oddly enough the a philippines is tthe only aasian country that Cuba actively spends great efforts to subvert thru supporting communist revolutionaries.

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