april 25
9:30 – 11:00

Ranking Digital Rights 2018 Corporate Accountability Index Index Launch

Last year's 2017 Corporate Accountability Index, found that companies leave users largely in the dark about many important policies and practices affecting users’ rights. What has or has not changed in the past year? How do the Index findings relate to global controversies and debates about how to address disinformation and hate speech online? 

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Emilly Bell , Founding Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism


Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights

Ellery Biddle, Director, Global Voices

Anil Dash, CEO, Fog Creek Software

Other participants to be confirmed

Panel Participants:
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11:15 – 11:30

Welcome and Introduction

Lee C. Bollinger 


Update from the Global Freedom of Expression Community

The session will offer an opportunity to participants to present their latest initiatives and work to strengthen a global understanding of freedom of expression, including within Universities.

Updates from:

Kyu Youm, University of Oregon, US

Monroe Price, Price Moot Court, UK

George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center, US

Karin Deutsch Karlekar, PEN America, US

Jonathan McCully, MLDI, UK

12:45- 1:45  Lunch
1:45 -3:45

Global Milestones and Challenges

Moderated Debate on Foe/I Jurisprudential and Legal Global Developments in 2016-2018: What were the milestones? The victories? The challenges, current and looking ahead?

Panel Participants:

Agnès Callamard, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, US (Chair)

Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights, US

Toby Mendel, Center for Law and Democracy, Canada

Vidushi Marda, ARTICLE 19, India

Jameel Jaffer, Knight First Amendment Center, US

Edison Lanza, Office of the Special Rapporteur, IACmHR

Andrey Rikhter, Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE

3:45 -5:45

Private Actors and Human Rights On-Line

What are the human rights implications of having a privatised and commodified online domain? What is the role, responsibilities and practices of private actors and the States? This panel will explore these questions with a particular focus on the developments in 2016-2018, including at legal, political and self-regulatory level.



Keynote Speaker

Panel Participants:

Rebecca MacKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights, US (Chair)

Molly Land, Connecticut University, US

Chinmayi Arun, National Law University, India

Bertrand de la Chapelle, Internet & Jurisdiction, France

Ona Flores, Office of the Special Rapporteur, IACmHR

Christopher Bavitz, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard, US

Peter Stern, Facebook, US

Yaman Akdeniz, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Bassem Youssef


april 26
9:30 -11:15

SDG 16: Seeking Protection & Justice for Freedom of Expression & Information

Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its 10 targets seeks to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” During the 2019 session of the United Nations High Level Political Forum, Member States will need to report on their progress. ” The role of the Judiciary Powers in meeting the SDG 16 targets is quite significant. This panel will debate the policies that must be in place to achieve the SDG 16 targets, as well as the challenges to foster rule of law, freedom of expression and access to information in the present international environment.

Panel Participants:

Catalina Botero, School of Law Universidad de los Andes (Chair)

Alejandro Álvarez, Executive Office of the UN Secretary General

Bill Orme, Global Forum for Media Development

Guilherme Canela, UNESCO Montevideo Office 

Lucy Turner,  Global Alliance for SDG16

Michael Camilleri, Inter-American Dialogue

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11:15 -1:15

Around the World in 7 decisions

Speakers will present a key recent decision from their jurisdiction and explain its importance and implication for freedom of expression in their region and beyond.

Panel Participans:

 Doreen Weisenhaus, Northwestern University, US (Chair) 

Dario Milo, Partner, Webber Wentzel, South Africa

Karuna Nundy, Advocate, India

Richard Danbury, De Montfort University, UK

Issaaf Ben Khalifa, UN OHCHR, Tunisia

Umer Gilani, The Law and Policy Chambers, Pakistan

Tais Gasparian, RBMDF – Advogados, Brazil

1:15- 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00

Framing Radicalisation and Radical Speech

This panel will examine how Governments, courts and societies around the world are approaching and defining the concept of  "radicalisation" and "radicalised" individuals, including in the context of cases testing the limits of freedom of expression.

Panel Participants:

Sandra Coliver, Open Society, US (Chair)

Alexander Verkhovsky, Sova Center, Russia

Faiza Patel, NYU, Brennan Center, USA

Adam Weiss, European Roma Rights Center, Hungary

Joelle Fiss, Freelance, Switzerland

Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University, US

Yasmine Ahmed, Rights Watch, UK

4:00 - 6:00

Regulating Lies and “Fake News” in Elections

This panel will explore how the law and courts currently regulate “Lies in Elections,” whether and to what extent the circulation of “fake news” on-line challenge the existing legal framework, the responses currently developed, tested or in place, and their impact on democracy and freedom of expression, including political expression.

Reception/ Dinner

Panel Participants:

Suzanne Nossel, PEN America, US (Chair)

James Weinstein, Arizona State University, US

Marianne Diaz, Derechos Digitales, Chile

Tarlach McGonagle, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jonathan Corpus Ong, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, US

Mishi Choudhary, Software Freedom Law Center, India

Alex Warofka, Facebook, US

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