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Ranking Digital Rights 2018 Corporate Accountability Index - Washington, DC Launch

  • New America 740 15th Street Northwest, Suite 900 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

The Ranking Digital Rights 2018 Corporate Accountability Index ranks 22 of the world’s most powerful telecommunications, internet, and mobile companies on their commitments and disclosed policies affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy. Last year's 2017 Index, which evaluated the same companies on the same questions, found that companies leave users largely in the dark about many important policies and practices affecting users’ rights. What has changed?

Two days after its global launch in New York City, the Washington, DC launch will include a discussion of the Index key findings and how they relate to global controversies and debates about disinformation and hate speech online. Conversations will explore how the Index findings can serve as a tool for policy makers and advocates, as well as companies that want to improve their commitment to design and operate products and services in a way that will sustain human rights and democracy - and prevent efforts by authoritarians, demagogues, and populists from using digital platforms as vehicles for censorship, surveillance, propaganda and misinformation.

Friday, April 27, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
740 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005


Rebecca MacKinnon
Director, Ranking Digital Rights


Kevin Bankston
Director, New America’s Open Technology Institute


Leslie Harris
Adjunct Professor, Program on Communications, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University

Emma Llanso
Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

Shanthi Kalathil
Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy