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by Mike Masnick

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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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Sep 2011 @ 7:37pm

    All the IP maimists will talk up a storm about how IP is somehow a human right.

    Instead, what we need to discuss is how copying is a human right and how limitations to such behavior should be the exception (as the founding father intended).

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Sep 2011 @ 8:18pm

    freetardian fantasy conference.

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  3. icon
    Jay (profile), 27 Sep 2011 @ 9:00pm


    So you're calling Michael Posner a freetard?

    Awesome way to show your support for fact checking.

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  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Sep 2011 @ 9:11pm


    No that is not a freetardian fantasy conference, that one is taking place right now on the Pirate Bay, you can go there to check it out it happens everyday 365 days and it has been happening for 8 years now on that location LoL

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Sep 2011 @ 9:36pm


    running late for your retardian monopolist conference?

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  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Sep 2011 @ 9:38pm

    Re: Re:

    I looked at the list, and the vast majority are making their money or bones either on free or on trading in personal information (hi Facebook, and fuck you very much). You pick the one exception.

    Thanks Jay for being consistant... always an asshole.

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  7. icon
    Jay (profile), 27 Sep 2011 @ 9:56pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Coming from an AC, it sure means a lot to me.

    I'm sure I'll weep as I tell you to get off your cross, make a bridge, and get over it. :)

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 27 Sep 2011 @ 10:16pm


    freetardian fantasy conference.

    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?

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  9. icon
    The eejit (profile), 27 Sep 2011 @ 11:31pm

    Re: Re:

    Three words, Mike: Law of Focus.

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  10. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Sep 2011 @ 6:01am

    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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  11. icon
    Jay (profile), 28 Sep 2011 @ 9:26am

    Re: Philippines has no parliament

    You mean the fighting going on in Manila?

    Because Cebu keeps pretty civil for foreigners for the most part. And last I checked, most Filipinos were too interested in American songs like Justin Bieber to begin the fight against the government again.

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    DizzyD (profile), 28 Sep 2011 @ 10:53am

    Is it me or does AT&T and facebook seem like odd sponsors for this type of an event?

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  13. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Sep 2011 @ 4:09pm

    Re: Re:

    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.

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  14. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Sep 2011 @ 9:47pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    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.

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  15. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Sep 2011 @ 7:53pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Wait, so because Larry Lessig is one of many people on the advisory board of a group that helped put together this conference, suddenly it's all about IP?

    Are you crazy? And I note Peter Gabriel is on that same advisory board. Should I assume that this will now be all about RIAA positions too?

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  16. identicon
    mohamed, 24 Nov 2011 @ 2:54pm

    I want to attend a conference iam from egypt

    hello Iam mohamed from egypt I am a lawyer and Iwant Attend the International Conference on the Law

    What are the documents required to attend

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