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Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University

Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center, where she works to develop global digital policies that address human rights, security and governance challenges. She served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the Obama Administration. After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy. Eileen is a member of Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Human Rights; the University of Essex Advisory Board on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology; and the Benetech Advisory Board. She served as Co-Chair of the NETmundial Initiative and as a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group on Freedom & Security. She is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and an Affiliate at the Center for International Security & Cooperation at Stanford University. Previously, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley.


Combatting the Rise of Digital Authoritarianism

As the FOC celebrates its 10th anniversary, the global trajectory with respect to its core mission of protecting freedom online is moving in a negative direction. This session will pose questions to panellists to discuss how the FOC can develop a strategic plan to combat the spread of digital authoritarianism and the role it should play in confronting the existential threat to democratic values-based governance in 21st century digital society.