By popular demand, this second panel event brings together more techies, legal experts, digital activists, and human rights campaigners to debate the impact recent events have on the future for human rights and fundamental freedoms online.
This second edition of "Defending Human Rights in a Digital Age" continues the conversation from earlier this year. Since then a lot has happened to raise the stakes and reveal the increasing divergence between the way governments and corporations look to gather and retain large databases ("Big Data") and calls for greater protection of civil liberties online.
This time panellists discuss the shifting context in which politicians, activists, and researchers perceive the challenges and opportunities for a rights-based and sustainable internet. Future decisions about internet design, access, and use now have to take account of the digital dimension to war, terrorism, migration flows, and refugee movements. They are also still grappling with the implications of the Snowden revelations on how the media, political institutions, judiciaries, and businesses respond to debates around "internet freedom", "cybersecurity", privacy and freedom of expression online, and concerns about the concentration of internet ownership and control in the hands of a few.
What are the real and imagined dangers facing citizens and their political representatives at the online--offline nexus? How can rights-based approaches to decisions about internet design, access, and use make a difference? Are our rights online under threat by our own governments? Is there a trade-off between civil liberties and national security online? Is it time to stop giving away so much information when we use commercial social media? Are encryption and obfuscation forms of resistance or compliance? These questions and more will be up for discussion.
Renata Avila - @avilarenata
Sherif Elsayed-Ali - @sherifea
Maria Farrell - @mariafarrell
Becky Kazansky - @pondswimmer
Annie Machon - @anniemachon
Carly Nyst - @carlynyst
Moderator: Marianne Franklin - @GloComm
The event is hosted by the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA Program with the support of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), Critical InfoSec, the Centre for Global Media and Democracy, the Digital Journalism MA Program, and openDemocracy.
Venue: Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 1 (LG01) of the Professor Stuart Hall Building
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Dates & times
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|8 Dec 2015||6:30pm - 9:00pm|
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