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Sunday, March 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Out of Bounds: The Rise of A-National Companies

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From tax evasion to privacy breaches, large digital companies have a tendency to challenge the traditional limits of business operation. But despite their questionable integrity, the shiny façade continues to seduce us. Consciously or unconsciously, we use their services every day, we want to work at their cool offices, and we see them as representations of the future.
And although public decision makers are often outraged at the behavior of these companies, governments, too, enlist the help of these digital giants to communicate, develop massive surveillance tools, or perform many other services.
This inconsistency presses us to ask: how are we to reconcile the public interests of citizens with the private interests of consumers and a-national companies in this new digital age?

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Jeffrey Chester

Exec Dir, Toulouse School of Economics
Jeff Chester is Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), a Washington, DC nonprofit. CDD is one of the leading NGOs advocating for consumers on digital privacy and consumer protection issues. Founded in 1991, CDD (then known as the Center for Media Education... Read More →
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Jacques Cremer

Searcher Professor, Toulouse School of Economics

Benoît Thieulin

CEO, Conseil National du Numérique
Benoît Thieulin is the founder and managing director of the industry-leading Digital and Social Media Agency La Netscouade (www.lanetscouade.com). In 2013, he was appointed chairman of the official Conseil National du Numérique / French Digital Council.

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K