Life and Death on Facebook

Companies like Facebook do have human rights responsibilities. 

Facebook has made some decisions about its rules, its internal rules, that sometimes play out quite negatively for activists.  For instance, Facebook has a policy that requires people to use their real name and so even though a lot of activists in a lot of countries are using Facebook to organize demonstrations and to organize protests and to spread information about what their government is doing, Facebook’s requirement that people use their real name puts people at risk often.

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We'll Get the Internet We Deserve

If we exercise our power as users, as consumers, as investors and voters we can make a difference.

There is an old adage that says in a democracy you get the government you deserve. If you’re not making any effort to get involved, don’t be surprised when the people who are most active shape the government to their liking. It’s the same thing with the Internet.  

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Technology & Innovation

Rebecca MacKinnon is a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance principles of freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

Politics & Current Affairs

Internet policy expert Rebecca MacKinnon discusses the social possibilities and challenges presented by new digital technologies.