GNI-ID Learning Forum – Geneva

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy present 2014 learning forums on Transparency and Human Rights in the Digital Age in Silicon Valley and Geneva, Switzerland.

Read a summary of the event and watch videos of the discussions.

The second of our two Learning Forums will take place in Geneva Switzerland, in conjunction with the Third Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.  We are pleased to be hosted by


12:30 – 1:15    Registration and lunch


1:15 – 1:30      Welcome and Introduction:  Why does transparency matter for protecting and respecting rights online?

  • Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform
  • Milka Pietikainen, Chair of the Industry Dialogue, Millicom
  • Mark Stephens, Global Network Initiative Board Chair


1:30 – 2:45      What is the state of transparency reporting by companies and governments, and what is missing?

  • Anna Lekvall, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Annette Fergusson, Vodafone Group
  • Stefan Heumann, Privacy Project, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
  • Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, Center for Democracy and Technology


2:45 – 3:15      Coffee Break


3:15 – 4:30      How do companies communicate with users in response to live events?

  • Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform
  • Milka Pietikainen, Millicom
  • Dan Bross, Microsoft
  • Bennett Freeman, Calvert Group


4:30                 Concluding Remarks

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Lisl Brunner

Lisl Brunner is the Facilitator for the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue. Prior to this role, Lisl spent five years as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

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