Ranking Digital Rights

Webinar - Ranking Digital Rights 2019 Findings

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Investors need data and tools to help them identify and assess human rights risks, including digital rights risks, in their investment portfolios. The Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index evaluates the top internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies whose products and services are collectively used by over half of the world’s 4.3 billion internet users, with a combined market cap of nearly USD 5 trillion. 

This webinar will feature an overview of key findings of greatest relevance to investors from the 2019 RDR Corporate Accountability Index, launched on May 16, which evaluated 24 internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies.

The webinar will discuss RDR's recommended questions for investors to ask companies, as well as relevant regulatory developments. The RDR Index indicators represent a concrete standard not only for companies to meet their normative responsibility to respect human rights, but also for moving beyond compliance and getting ahead of regulatory risks. Companies in the sector that build their policies and practices around transparency, accountability, and respect for users’ human rights will be in a better position to identify and mitigate harms to individuals and communities that regulators will eventually be compelled to address. 

We are pleased to have Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of Ranking Digital Rights, to present the 2019 findings and lead this discussion.

Rosa Van Den Beemt, of NEI Investments will also share insights on how investors can utilize the 2019 RDR Index as an analytical tool to inform ESG decision-making and engagement with ICT companies on human rights risks. 

Join us on June 6, 2019 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST

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About Our Speaker:

Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America, evaluating internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their respect for users’ privacy, security and freedom of expression. She is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices and author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom. She is on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent in China and Japan between 1998 and 2004.  She has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein and Berkman Centers, the Open Society Foundations, and Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. She received her AB magna cum laude in Government from Harvard University, was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and currently lives in Washington DC.

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) is a non-profit research initiative that produces a Corporate Accountability Index evaluating the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their disclosed policies and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy.  See the latest 2019 RDR Index.


Rosa Van Den Beemt
Senior ESG Analyst | NEI Investments