Towards a Digital Bill of Rights

Towards a Digital Bill of Rights

A discussion within the 2020 Paris Peace Forum

Friday, November 13, 2020 3 p.m. (CET)

As the launch event for our organization, this panel addresses the central challenges posed by AI tools and algorithmic governance. It will also discuss potential paths toward an inclusive and effective global digital rights framework, addressing problems of disinformation, voter manipulation, targeted media content, and bias, discrimination, and profiling in government platforms, policing, surveillance, and policymaking. It includes a balanced range of global perspectives from policy, civil society, and business.


Martin Tisné (Moderator): Managing Director of Luminate, Part of the Omidyar Group, founder of the Open Government Partnership

Latha Reddy: Former Deputy National Security Adviser of the Republic of India, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC)

Craig Newmark: Founder, craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Nanjira Sambuli: Board Member, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and commissioner on the Lancet & Financial Times Commission on Governing Health Futures 2030


  • Considering the pandemic and its economic repercussions, what societal risks does algorithmic governance pose? How do these vary between communities and regions, particularly across the Global South?
  • What policy changes are needed to combat misinformation, racial and gender bias, discrimination, and hatred, and voter manipulation the Global South and North? What would be the appropriate role of business in that effort?
  • South and North, how can civil society drive the digital rights dialogue? How can it be equitable and effective, holding business and government accountable?
  • Which regulatory structures and policies work best? Which do not? Looking ahead, what’s most essential?
  • How can we reconcile individual and collective rights? Are terms of service and privacy disclosure agreements enough?
  • What would constitute an effective international Digital Bill of Rights? Is it even desirable? If so, what would the path toward such a framework look like?