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Thursday, March 31 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The interplay between human rights and technology: policies and regulations in the MENA and Latin America regions

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The interplay between technology and human rights is challenged by legal frameworks that regulate freedoms and privacy among other fundamental human rights on the Internet ecosystem. This is particularly manifested in developing countries where the advancement of human rights on the Internet is still hindered by legal frameworks that are complex, inconsistent and hard to interpret. Challenges include but not limited to lack of transparency, fuzzy Internet legislation with loopholes, absence of specific laws to regulate the Internet environment, lack of consultation with the community as well as poor understanding of the Internet governance process at large.

Within this context, the workshop brings legal, technical and policy expertise to moot the complex legal concepts vis-à-vis the relationship between technology and human rights. The focus is on the legal protection afforded to online freedom of expression, privacy and other digital rights and its compliance with the international human rights standards. For this purpose, the workshop refrains from tackling these concepts in abstract and aims to discuss their implementation in the regional context of the Middle East and North Africa as well as Latin America.

The workshop spotlights the practices in MENA region through sharing key findings of the research conducted by the Internet Legislation Atlas project, which is an initiative to assess and visualize the level of compliance of selected digital rights in seven MENA countries apropos international human rights standards. The main objectives are therefore to get feedback to inform improvement to the ILA methodology, discuss the technical deployment of the ILA platform, and develop better understanding of what would be most useful to civil society groups, and how ILA project might support this. The aim is also to learn from the experience of different region through presenting Red LatAm project which investigates Internet regulations and public policies in several Latin American countries as well as the threats and opportunities for the rights in the local digital environment.

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Walid Al-Saqaf

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm University
ISOC Board Member, software developer from Yemen, internet freedom advocate. Currently involved in postdoctoral research and teaching in areas related to technology, media, journalism, data science, and quantitative research methods. Also involved in ICANN and APC.
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Ali Bangi

Co-Director, ASL19
My work focuses on bypassing internet censorship in Iran.
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Hanane Boujemi

Senior Manager Internet Governance Programme MENA Region, Hivos
Manager of Hivos’ MENA region programme on Internet Governance. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the programme in the Arab region. | | • Develop and implement programs and activities to build capacity on Internet Governance and policy among civil society organizations and actors in the Arab region | • Facilitate strategy development and other technical assistance activities | • Lead all areas of... Read More →
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Noha Fathy

Project Lead, Internet Legislation Atlas, Hivos Internet Governance for MENA region
Noha is managing Internet Legislation Atlas project for Hivos. She has been working with Hivos Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (iGmena) program (www.igmena.org) since 2013. | | She concentrates on internet governance capacity building and awareness raising activities to civil society in the Arab region. She worked on a number of projects that aimed at raising awareness about digital rights, engaging local... Read More →

Gabrielle Guillemin

Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19
Gabrielle is Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation based in London. She has been leading the organisation's work on internet policy issues since 2011. She is a member of the UK Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG) and an independent expert attached to the Council of Europe committee on Cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet Freedoms. Prior to ARTICLE 19, Gabrielle... Read More →
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Roula Mekhael

Executive Director, Maharat Foundation
Roula Mikhael is the Executive Director of Maharat Foundation and a journalist. Maharat Foundation is a Lebanese Watchdog organization leading advocacy actions to reform media laws in Lebanon. Since its establishment, Maharat has formed an in depth practical oriented training program targeting journalists, journalism students and activists in order to build their capacities on media and Human Rights, built partnership with media faculties and... Read More →
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Claudio Ruiz

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales

Thursday March 31, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Bridge

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