November 8 Wednesday

Michael Posner, "Making Progress: Human Rights as An Essential Element of Sustainable Business"

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:10PM - 7:30PM
  • Room 128
  • Open To The Public
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Michael H. Posner is the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance and a Professor of Business and Society at NYU's Stern School of Business, where he is working to launch the first-ever center on business and human rights at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization.

Professor Posner will focus the discussion on issues in the report, just published by the Center for Business and Human Rights that Professor Posner directs at the Stern School, Harmful Content: The Role of Internet Platform Companies in Fighting Terrorist Incitement and Politically Motivated Disinformation.  You can find the full report here.

Facebook, Google, and Twitter can—and should—do more to counter the onslaught of harmful content online. The large internet platforms have made progress in fighting terrorist incitement and politically motivate disinformation—but they can do much more. Professor Posner will speak about his research on terrorist content and politically motivated disinformation that finds more government regulation is not the solution for dangerous online content. Most legislation and regulation risk suppression of free speech and other democratic values. In the absence of more government intervention, however, it is incumbent on companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to step up and protect users and the larger society from the ills of the internet.


Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights

Contact Information

Barbara Mianzo