Digital Dilemmas, NYU, March 25

The third ITS Colloquium of the spring 2008 semester will take place on
Tuesday, March 25 from 6:30-8:00pm in Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington
Square South, Room 214. This Colloquium is organized by Jonathan
Zittrain, an ILI Visiting Faculty Fellow and his assistant, Elizabeth
Stark, a student fellow of the ILI. The topic of this colloquium is,
Digital Dilemmas: A Multi-stakeholder Response to Internet Censorship
and Surveillance.

When national governments want to block particular Internet activities
or content or see what users are doing they typically turn to the
private companies that manage pieces of the Internet, including Internet
Service Providers, search engines, email services, blogging and news
portals, and even hardware providers.

As pressures to filter, censor, and monitor the Internet have mounted,
some internet and communications technology (ICT) companies, academics,
human rights activists, socially responsible investors, and civil
society participants have held a series of conversations about how to

This event will tap project participants to have as candid a
conversation as possible about the process in which they’ve engaged, and
the role that corporations should play in response to
government-mandated Internet censorship and surveillance, with
particular but not exclusive emphasis on authoritarian regimes.

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation,
Oxford University and Visiting Professor of Law, NYU;

Leslie Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for
Democracy and Technology;

Dunstan Hope, Director, Advisory Services, Business for Social

Christine Bader, Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights;

Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists;

[Tentative] Chuck Cossan, Microsoft

[Tentative] Mike Posner, President, Human Rights First;

[Tentative] Bennett Freeman, Head of Social Research and Policy,

bios below

Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and
Technology (“CDT”), a non-profit advocacy organization which promoting
free expression, openness and innovation on today’s open, decentralized
global Internet. Ms. Harris is responsible for the overall vision,
direction and management of the organization and serves as the
organization’s chief spokesperson. Since joining CDT, she has been
involved with a wide range of issues related to civil liberties and the
Internet, including, government data- mining for counterintelligence,
government secrecy, privacy, global Internet freedom, intellectual
property, data security and Internet censorship. Ms. Harris has over two
decades of experience as a civil liberties, technology and Internet
lawyer, public policy advocate and strategist in Washington. She
testifies before Congress on issues related to technology, the Internet
and civil liberties and writes, speaks on Internet issues and is regular
contributor to several online publications and blogs.

Prior to joining CDT, Ms. Harris was the founder and president of
Leslie Harris & Associates (“LHA”), a public policy a firm committed to
harnessing the power of new information technologies for public good. In
that capacity, Ms. Harris played a lead role in shaping Internet
legislation, including the E-rate program, which brought the power of
the Internet to rural and inner city classrooms and public libraries,
the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) which mandated a
privacy regime for children’s personal information on the Internet and
the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, (TEACH) which
amended copyright law to support the development of online learning. She
was also a key strategist and spokesperson in the effort to defeat the
Communications Decency Act. Ms. Harris received her law degree cum laude
from the Georgetown University Law Center and her BA at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Dunstan Hope leads BSR’s work with Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) companies, which have included Google, SK Telecom,
Cisco, Sony, Vodafone, Oracle, Verizon, Toshiba, TeliaSonera, Yahoo and
the Global eSustainability Initiative. In 2005, Dunstan established and
facilitated the work of the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct
Implementation Group, a coalition of over 30 ICT companies seeking to
raise conditions in their supply chains, including HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco,
Microsoft and Intel.

Dunstan’s other main area of focus is corporate responsibility
reporting. He has worked closely with GE throughout the creation of
their first three sustainability reports and has worked on reporting
projects with member companies including Xerox, Verizon, IBM, Gap and
ExxonMobil. Prior to joining BSR in 2004, Dunstan spent five years in
the corporate responsibility team at British Telecommunications. Dunstan
has a Master’s degree in sustainable development from Middlesex
University and Forum for the Future.

Christine Bader is an Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for business and human rights, on secondment from BP
plc. Since joining BP in 1999, Christine has lived in Indonesia, China,
and the U.K., strengthening the company’s performance on social issues.
This included overseeing a human rights impact assessment for the
Tangguh liquefied natural gas project in West Papua and leading the
development of the company’s global Human Rights Guidance Note (which is
available at Christine has also served as a corps
member with City Year; a Teaching Fellow in Community Service at
Phillips Academy in Andover; and a New York City Urban Fellow.
Christine has a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A from Yale

Christine has presented on business and human rights at numerous
venues, including the United Nations in Geneva, Business for Social
Responsibility’s annual conference, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in
International Affairs, the business schools at Yale and Columbia, and
the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum in London. She
is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a New York City

Robert Mahoney worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the
Middle East before joining CPJ in August 2005 as senior editor. He
reported on politics and economics for Reuters news agency from Brussels
and Paris in the late 1970s, and from Southeast Asia in the early 1980s.
He covered south Asia from Delhi for three years from 1985, reporting on
the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the civil war in Sri
Lanka, and the fallout from the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. In 1988,
Mahoney became Reuters bureau chief for West and Central Africa based in
Ivory Coast, spending considerable time in Liberia covering the civil
war. He served as Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief from 1990 to 1997,
directing print and later television coverage of the Palestinian
intifada, the Iraqi missile attacks on Israel, the Oslo peace process,
and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He worked
as chief correspondent in Germany from 1997 to 1999 before moving to
London to become news editor in charge of politics and general news for
Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2004, he taught journalism for
the Reuters Foundation in the Middle East, and worked as a consultant
for Human Rights Watch. He became CPJ deputy director in January 2007.

We look forward to seeing you at the colloquium. For more information
on this event and other spring 2008 ITS events, please go the
Information Law Institute website,

Please RSVP to Nicole at if you wish to

Nicole Arzt [ILI Administrator]

Nicole Arzt
Administrative Assistant:
Trade Regulation LL.M. Program
Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
Information Law Institute
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South, Room 336
New York, NY 10012
(p): 212-998-6013
(f): 212-995-4760

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