The topic of human rights and technology use has been growing in importance over the years, but new use cases for contact tracing and workplace monitoring during COVID-19 present significant new questions about how to balance health and safety with privacy and human rights standards. How do we use technology ethically, and what are the reasonable lines to draw between public health benefits and human rights violations? Join us to learn lessons from companies that are developing and deploying these technologies and now non-tech companies should be engaged in the conversation.
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Head, Business and Human Rights
Katie Shay is the head of business & human rights at Cisco, where she works to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges and integrate a human rights perspective into legal and business operations. She works closely with product, policy, and legal teams across the company to develop and implement human rights policies and to design processes for ensuring respect for human rights in all aspects of business.
Prior to joining Cisco, Shay served as business and human rights counsel at Yahoo/Verizon Media, where she managed human rights programs related to privacy and freedom of expression across the global business.
Global Head, Human Rights
Alexandria Walden is the global policy lead for human rights and free expression at Google. She is responsible for coordinating and driving the company-wide human rights strategy, using approaches grounded in business and human rights. Based in Washington, DC, Walden coordinates policy and strategy on a broad portfolio of issues including human rights, freedom of expression, and controversial content, including hate and harassment. She also represents Google at the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. Prior to joining Google, she was a Director at The Raben Group, where her work focused on civil rights, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, transparency, and judicial issues. She also worked on various human rights issues in her time with Center for American Progress; U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, and U.S. House of Representatives in the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Liberties; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; U.S. Department of Labor; and Bay Area Legal Aid.
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Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Steve Crown and his team focus on the development of internal policies and business practices, as well as advocacy and external engagements, that serve to advance realization of human rights across the globe. He holds leadership positions in a number of local, national, and international business, trade, legal profession, and human rights organizations.
Hannah works with multinational companies to align business and human rights strategies and facilitate incorporation of sustainable practices into business operations across sectors.
She focuses on the intersection of human rights and new, disruptive technology and leads the Tech Against Trafficking collaborative initiative.
Prior to joining BSR, Hannah worked with the Skoll Foundation, where she co-led the portfolio and investments team’s efforts to identify social entrepreneurs with the potential to drive large-scale social change. Her work led to over US$20 million in grants and investments between 2015 and 2018. Before Skoll, Hannah spent six years working in anti-human trafficking in West Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Bay Area. She is fluent in French.
Hannah holds a Master’s in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Oxfam’s Women in Small Enterprise initiative and Convening17.
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