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David Sullivan
David Sullivan is an independent consultant working at the intersection of human rights, technology, and corporate responsibility.

Most recently he was the first head of policy and communications for the Global Network Initiative, a unique coalition of technology companies (such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn), human rights groups, socially responsible investors, and academics, defending privacy and freedom of expression online. GNI combines corporate accountability—companies who join undergo independent assessments of their human rights policies—with collaborative policy advocacy to change laws and regulations that infringe on the rights of Internet users.

Previously, Sullivan led the research and policy team at Enough, the anti-genocide project of the Center for American Progress. Managing a team based across conflict zones in East and Central Africa, he developed the policy underpinnings of advocacy campaigns that mobilized activists to improve the U.S. response to mass atrocities.

Entries by David Sullivan

Competition, Collaboration, and Corporate Accountability Rankings

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 5:03 PM

This post originally appeared at the LSE Measuring Business & Human Rights Project Blog.

Tech companies are in a tough sport when it comes to censorship and surveillance. Governments continue to demand new levels of access and control over their data, ostensibly to fight terrorism, even as public...

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5 Lessons from Congo for Afghanistan Mining

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 12:47 PM

This post originally appeared on Global Post.

The recent report that Afghanistan has mineral deposits worth $1 trillion has led several writers to make a broad comparison to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Conflict in that country, which is blamed for killing more than 5 million...

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U.S. Official Undercuts Sudan Policy, Misunderstands Elections

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 1:39 PM

There's been no shortage of high-level attention to Sudan as of late, from President Obama's comments on YouTube yesterday, to strong words from U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Whether you agree or...

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Abysmal UN Report On Congo Leaked To Media

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 1:57 PM

The latest U.N. Group of Experts report on Congo was leaked to the press just before Thanksgiving. It's unfortunate that such a hard hitting report is hitting the headlines on one of the worst news days of the year, but it's hard to understate the importance of some these...

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The Conflict Minerals Trade Act

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 12:35 PM

With the introduction of the Conflict Minerals Trade Act today, Congo activists now have bipartisan legislation percolating both in the Senateand the House of Representatives. To hear a bit more about this bill and why it's so important, check out the latest edition of the Ask the...

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Electronics and Atrocities: Tech Supply Chains Must Do No Harm

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 6:53 PM

Sarah K. Dreier, a graduate student at the University of Washington and a former researcher at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, co-authored this post, which originally appeared on The Wonk Room.

From the satellite mapping of atrocities and data-driven prosecution of war criminals to the use of...

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Mapping Congo's Militarized Mines

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 3:24 PM

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, signed into law yesterday by President Obama, has been making news because of all the things left out of it, including billions of dollars in cuts to expensive weapons systems. But for those of concerned with the role of...

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Activists Put Congo's Conflict Minerals on the Map

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 6:02 PM

A growing network of activists is flexing its market muscle to help end the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the deadliest and most neglected war in the world. That country's conflict minerals continue to play a central role in financing some of the worst human rights...

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How America's Greenest Companies Can Become the Most Peaceful

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 6:05 PM

This week, Newsweek announced its environmental rankings of the 500 largest corporations in America. Commanding four of the top five rankings, the electronics industry appears to be leading the way in environmental sustainability. These companies should be commended for their leadership, but they cannot stop there. These influentials in...

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