Big Idea: December 10th, The Future Of The Internet And Human Rights In A Digital Age

Published on November 26, 2018 by R "Ray" Wang

The Future Of The Internet And Human Rights In A Digital Age

In an era where some believe privacy is dead and that human rights will be taken over by dystopian AI, the pioneers of the internet are convening on the 70th international human rights day to talk about the future of the internet and human rights in a digital age.  By December 10th, 2018, almost 50% of the world will have access to the internet just as the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights by the United Nations.

Vint Cerf’s non profit, the People Centered Internet is working with the Web Foundation and Constellation Research to convene many of the early Internet pioneers to not only share the lessons of how we got here, but more importantly determine where we need to go for the next 50 years.   The conversations from this historic opportunity on December 10th, intend to raise a call to action in addressing this issue.

Key highlights of the event include:

  • A call to action by Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf
  • Unveiling of the latest World Economic Forum report on Digital Economy and Society
  • Recognition by the United Nations as an official 70th anniversary event
The official agenda can be found  here

Some of the VIP hosts currently include:

  • Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Internet Pioneer and Inventor of the World Wide Web
  • Dame Wendy Hall, Internet Pioneer
  • Steve Huter, Director of NSRC at University of Oregon
  • Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Consultant of DLA Piper
  • Radia Perlman, Internet Pioneer
  • Doc Searls, Linux Foundation
  • Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman of the Open Data Institute
  • Scott Campbell, Senior Human Rights Officer, UNHCHR
  • Derek O’Halloran, Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum
  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former President of Estonia
  • Adrian Lovett, President and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation
See the full list here

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