Big Tech’s Role in the Ukraine Crisis:
Cybersecurity, Disinformation & Internet Shutdowns
March 14, 2022
Backyard Stage, EU House at Native
The Ukrainian government recently asked the international standards body ICANN to target Russia’s access to the Internet by revoking specific country-code top-level domains operated from within Russia, arranging the revocation of SSL certificates issued within those domains, and shutting down a subset of root servers located in Russia – ICANN refused to do so. Why?
This panel will explore the “neutrality” of the Internet and examine the case for cybersecurity “best practices” in an age of modern warfare, and dive deeper into the role of “Big Tech” in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. We will address questions such as: what role should organizations like the Meta Oversight Board play in removing “harmful” or “fake” content from platforms like Facebook? What should governments do? What does the Russian government’s crackdown on media freedom mean for companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and how is it affecting access to free and fair information online?
Advisor, Digital Economy Policy, EU Delegation to the US
Evi Fuelle serves as Advisor, Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America.
Director, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center
Marietje Schaake is international policy director at Stanford University Cyber Policy Center and international policy fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
Head of Global Engagement, META Oversight Board
Rachel Wolbers is the Public Policy Manager at the Oversight Board where she handles stakeholder engagement on cases and policy issues pending before the Board.