Building Human Rights Into Your Social Site

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Monday 14th March, 2011

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

No matter how narrow you think the use of your website or service will be, if it's successful, it'll be used in ways you'll never expect - including life or death fights over human rights in foreign countries. The design of your sketchy PHP code might make the difference between a free press or a government clampdown, tortured dissidents or a bloodless coup. Twitter aids activists in Iran; Facebook helps the independent press in Ethiopia; World of Warcraft is policed for sedition in China. What is happening on your site that you don't know about? And how can you design it so you help the good guys?

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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Danny O’Brien

Internet Advocacy Coord, Committee to Protect Journalists

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Ebele Okobi-Harris

Director of Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program

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Jillian York

Project Manager, Berkman Center

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Rebecca Mackinnon

Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

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22 attendees

  • Ben Werdmuller
  • Christina Cacioppo
  • Christina Xu
  • Danny O'Brien
  • Alex Howard
  • Elja
  • Federica Cocco
  • Henriette Cramer
  • James Fairbairn
  • Jillian C. York
  • James Stewart
  • katherine maher
  • Kyle Wiens
  • Liz Henry
  • Danny O'B
  • Matt Biddulph
  • Peter Bihr
  • Jon Phillips
  • Rebecca MacKinnon
  • Rob Myers
  • Yesenia Sotelo
  • Gavin Bell

17 trackers

  • Adrian Hon
  • Chris Heathcote
  • Ben Spaulding
  • Charles Chuang
  • Colin Schlüter
  • Eamonn O'Brien-Strain
  • Ian McKellar
  • Jen Lee Reeves
  • Orson Ka'ili
  • Kevin Marks
  • Mike Stenhouse
  • Frances Berriman
  • TH Schee
  • Simon Willison
  • Simon
  • Tyler Hayes
  • Tom Insam 🎩

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Mon 14th March 2011


Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

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