Stopping Atrocities, Ensuring Accountability: Technology's Promise

In 2012, President Obama established a high-level, interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) to create and implement a whole-of-government approach to atrocities prevention and response. The APB aims to strengthen the tools available to the government, and our partners, to launch robust policy responses in at-risk situations. This fireside chat will focus on ways that the tech sector can support the work of the Board by enabling it to better anticipate atrocity situations, address and defuse potential atrocity triggers and escalators, create effective sanctions programs against responsible individuals and groups, and identify perpetrators and collect evidence for potential prosecutions in U.S. or foreign/international courts. Inversely, the discussion will consider ways that the APB can better tap into the tech sector’s expertise in the areas of social media mobilization and documentation; data encryption and security, organization, and storage; digital authentication; geospatial positioning; and authentication.

Panel at RightsCon with moderator Beth Van Schaack, Visiting Scholar, Center for International Security & Cooperation, Stanford University and Senior Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Criminal Justice and Sarah Mendelson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; Charlie Brown, Senior Advisor, Atrocity Prevention and Response, U.S. Department of Defense; Jim Finkel, The Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum, Center for the Prevention of Genocide; Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Simona Cruciani, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect

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