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On October 25-26, 2011 and with the sponsorship of Google, Facebook, Skype, Mozilla, Yahoo! and others, our friends at Access (a global movement premised on the belief that political participation and the realization of human rights in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on access to the internet and other forms of technology) are proud to present The Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

Ubegizmo is a media partner, and Ubergizmo readers get a 20% discount to this great conference – register with the code “UbergizmoVIP”  https://www.rightscon.org/register

The benefits to the world’s citizens delivered by technology companies in Silicon Valley — and around the world — have been stunning. Now is the time to take stock, maximize the opportunities and consider how to limit any negative impact, real or perceived.

In attendance, and part of the program, will be representatives from all the major online platforms including from the likes of Facebook, Google, and Twitter; world experts from the human rights sector including from Witness and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights; VCs and investors including Credit Suisse and Calvert Investments; as well as technology thought leaders from Silicon Valley and beyond.

At the heart of the conference will be the exchange of corporate experiences and best practices in both public and closed door roundtables, providing an opportunity for industry leaders and the brightest start-ups to benefit from each other and hear from world experts on topics that are affecting brand, market share and bottom lines. Discussion topics will include – technology and revolutions, navigating legal jurisdiction in a borderless world, coding for human rights, social media and law enforcement, user privacy and terms of service.

Some notable speakers include:  Andrew McLaughlin (Former Deputy CTO Whitehouse, ex-Head of Policy, Google); Alex MacGillivray (General Counsel Twitter), Rebecca MacKinnon, (New America Foundation Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow); John Markoff (The New York Times); Robert Scoble (blogger, Chief Learning Officer, Rackspace); Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist); Nathan Freitas (Founder, The Guardian Project); Dan Gillmor (Author, Founding Director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship), Jan Malinowski (Head of Media and Information at Council of Europe) and Mike Posner (US Assistant Secretary of State). See all speakers at http://www.rightscon.org/speakers (And attendees @ http://www.rightscon.org/attendees)

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