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Thursday, September 4 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS158: Promoting Platform Responsibility For Content Management

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Digital technologies and the Internet offer tremendous opportunities for the creation and distribution of content, enabling users to express themselves and reach their audiences in unprecedented ways. At the same time, the advancement of digital technologies relating to identification and rights management has brought to the market increasingly efficient and affordable solutions to deal with potentially illegal material.

However, due to the complexity of the contextual assessments required to determine the legality of such material, these solutions are far from perfect. For this reason, it is crucial that technical solutions be deployed in conjunction with safeguards preventing their abuse, and ensuring the respect of due process, privacy and freedom of expression of the parties involved.

Increasingly, these safeguards depend on the terms and conditions adopted by online platforms, and the procedures through which they operate. Therefore, it seems appropriate to shift the discussion on intermediary liability to a focus on “responsibility”, in order to promote human rights-compliant procedures to content management.

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of stakeholders to discuss the problems associated with content removal in two distinct scenarios: copyright infringement and offensive (including indecent and defamatory) content.

While each of these scenarios presents peculiarities that may call for different approaches, they share in the need to provide a quick and effective remedy for potential victims without unduly restricting human rights. Ultimately, the workshop aims to identify best practices that Internet platforms can adopt to that end.


Joy Liddicoat

Human Rights Specialist, Internet and Human Rights, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Formerly a New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner, Joy Liddicoat has joined APC as project coordinator for the new Connect Your Rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign. Joy’s work in human rights began in earnest in 2001 when she attended the World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa. Afterwards, from 2002 until 2010, she was part of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, working with communities in the Asia-Pacific... Read More →
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Nicolo Zingales

Tilburg University & Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School
Nicolo Zingales is research associate of the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), extramural fellow of the Tilburg Law and Economic Center (TILEC) and affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) . He holds a law degree from the University of Bologna , and a PhD in international law and economics from Bocconi University . His research focuses on antitrust, IP & data protection, Internet law... Read More →


Konstantinos Komaitis

Konstantinos Komaitis is a Policy Advisor at the Internet Society, focusing primarily on the field of digital content and intellectual property.   Before joining the Internet Society in July 2012, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. Konstantinos holds a PhD in Law and his thesis focused on issues of intellectual property and the Internet, with particular focus on the intersection of trademarks and... Read More →
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Paolo Lanteri

Legal Officer, World Intellectual Property Organization
Mr. Lanteri is a lawyer, specialized in IP law, and a member of both the Spanish and the Italian Bar Association. He works in the Copyright Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); he is part of the restricted team of lawyers dealing with all the copyright substantive matters within the Organization, ranging from legislative and policy advice to Member States to providing legal assistance in norm-setting... Read More →
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Claudio Ruiz

Executive Director, ONG Derechos Digitales

Max Senges

Max Senges (1978) works in Google’s Research and Education organisation in Mountain View and is part of the Google’s Computer Science Academy management team. He is also leading the Faculty Research Awards in the Policy & Standards field under Vint Cerf, as well as co-leading organisational development projects for Google Research and University Relations. | | He is passionately thinking and working on the crossroads between academia and the... Read More →

Remote Moderators

Luca Belli

Council of Europe/Université Paris 2
Luca Belli has recently joined the Council of Europe's Internet Governance Unit, where he works as an agent. | Over the past years, Luca Belli worked for the IGF Secretariat, for the Internet Society and for the Council of Europe. Furthermore, he was trained as an ISOC Next Generation Leader and was appointed ISOC Ambassador to the IGF in 2011 and 2012. | | Since 2010, Luca Belli has actively contributed to the IGF process at the... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop Room 04 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 2)

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