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Debate: Audience and Panelist will debate the following questions: Should New Corporate and Social Roles & Responsibilities of Front Line Service providers like Social Media Platforms be left to A) Self Regulation, B) Government, C) Other?


Akram Atallah
ICANN, President, GDD
J. Scott Evans
Adobe Inc, Associate General Counsel, International Trademark Association, INTA, President

Brand & Advertising attorney for Adobe Systems Incorporated & International Trademark Association, INTA, PresidentJ. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1992 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at The University of Louisville. On three separate occasions, Managing Intellectual Property magazine voted J. Scott one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP (2009, 2011, 2013). J. Scott was most recently named one of the 50 Market Shapers by World Trademark Review magazine. J. Scott is President of the International Trademark Association, where he Chairs the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. J. Scott served on the five-member drafting team that finalized the UDRP and the Rules of Procedure. J. Scott also served on the Implementation Review Team that crafted the Trademark Clearinghouse, URS and PDDRP. J. Scott currently works at Adobe Systems as Associate General Counsel responsible for global trademarks, copyright, domains and marketing.

Agustina Callegari
Defensoría del Pueblo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Centro de Protección de Datos Personales

Licenciada en Ciencias de la Comunicación por la Universidad de Buenos Aires, especializada en políticas de la comunicación en la era digital. Se ha desarrollado principalmente en
temas de protección de datos y privacidad, libertad de expresión y gobernanza de Internet.

The new  Internet and Landscape Ecosystem born in 2014 is already challenging the status quo and conventional thinking & models globally and locally in ways never seen, anticipated or admitted before especially on what are the new roles and responsibilities of Social Media Platforms and internet service providers (ISPs), Telecom Operators, or any front line digital service provider to their users / digital citizens. 

A Case Study that puts this in clear perspective.

On November 25, 2014 a House of Commons UK report found that Lee Rigby's murder may have been prevented if details about an online exchange were shared with UK authorities. This online exchange happened on Facebook.

Rigby was a British soldier who was killed and beheaded by two terrorists on a London high street in broad day light on May 22, 2013. Michael Adebowale, one of the two killers, had an online exchange on Facebook with an extremist overseas in December 2012, prior to killing Fusilier Rigby.

During the exchange he expressed his "intent to murder a soldier in the most graphic and emotive manner", according to a report by the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee.

The Rigby Case, new cyber security cases, and online child abuse cases amongst many illustrate without a doubt how we are we witnessing the emergence of new expectations of new roles and responsibility at local and global scale that reflect the dynamics this New Internet and Landscape Ecosystem born in 2014? 

What are the ramifications of this change in roles and responsibilities?

What should these new roles and responsibilities be?

Should they be voluntary or regulatory?

How can social media platforms and ISPs and others show leadership in corporate social responsibly?