Information & Communication Technology

Rights Con 2014: Privatised Enforcement and Corporate Censorship

03 March 2014

The 2014 conference, held March 3-5 2014, was convened in Silicon Valley and leveraged the experience of the two conferences that came before it. The event featured more than 700 attendees, highlighted emerging voices, hosted strategy and implementation sessions, and provided opportunities to showcase new strategies and initiatives. The conference sought to answer questions such as: How can companies ensure voluntary initiatives are effective, necessary and proportionate and avoid unintended consequences? What does a healthy intervention look like?

A Rights Con 2014 session, moderated by Lucy Purdon, IHRB Programme Support Manager, and featuring IHRB Research Fellow Anita Ramasastry on the panel, drew on European and US examples to illustrate how some voluntary measures can be bad for business and bad for rights.

The discussion was intended as the beginning of a process to develop a respected framework to help companies deal with these complex challenges.

The 2014 conference, held March 3-5 2014, was convened in Silicon Valley and leveraged the experience of the two conferences that came before it. The sold out event featured more than 700 thought leaders, highlighted emerging voices, hosted strategy and implementation sessions, and provided opportunities to showcase new strategies and initiatives.

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