066 Amy Brouillette and the digital rights index

Amy Brouillette is the Research Director of Ranking Digital Rights, responsible for planning and managing the research and production of the RDR Corporate Accountability Index. Prior to joining RDR, Brouillette served as director of the European Media Program at the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at Central European University in Budapest.

Her work at CMDS involved developing and managing the Center’s research and projects related to media and freedom of expression in Europe. In addition to her work at CMDS, Brouillette has also served as a research consultant and scholar-in-residence at the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her articles have appeared in Foreign PolicyAl Jazeera, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights.

They do this by ranking the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. They work with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.

Citizen D advice:

  • Reconsider your position as a consumer and as a citizen
  • Request market and political responsibility in terms of human rights in the digital age
  • Pay attention to the developments in the US and EU respectively

More information:

  • Ranking Digital Rights Index 2020 – website
  • Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent rank low in protecting digital rights, but it’s not all their fault, study finds – article
  • This new digital rights report flunks the tech giants – article

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