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Friday, April 1 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Shields up! Protection against online harassment of journalists, bloggers, citizen reporters

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Journalists and bloggers are increasingly the victims of online harassment including death threats, verbal abuse and smear campaigns as well as technical attacks involving malware, defacement or other means. The aggressors in these cases share a common goal: to intimidate journalists into silence and therefore put a stop to critical commentary or investigative reporting in the public interest. It is clear that developing an efficient approach to dealing with online harassment against journalists and the resulting fear and self-censorship requires us to face a diverse array of challenges. Therefore, any approach needs to have a multidisciplinary perspective.

Beginning to develop such an approach is the main objective of the session “Shields up! Protection against online harassment”, which will bring to the table journalists, press freedom advocates, Internet intermediaries, media houses, legal experts, technologists and representatives of intergovernmental bodies. It will set the tone for a series of discussions aimed at defining a multidisciplinary approach in the next two years.

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David Kaye

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, United Nations
Prof. Kaye’s scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate international law—especially human rights law—in a domestic American context, whether in courts, legislatures, or the executive branches of... Read More →
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Geoffrey King

Technology Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Geoffrey King joined CPJ in 2013 to coordinate the organization's Internet and technology policy efforts. Based in San Francisco, he protects the rights of journalists through advocacy, public education, and engagement with policymakers worldwide. | | Prior to joining CPJ, King, an attorney by training, represented U.S.-based individuals in constitutional matters involving the freedoms of speech, press, and petition. He is also a documentary... Read More →
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Javier Luque

Digital Media Coordinator, International Press Institute

Friday April 1, 2016 10:30am - 11:45am
The Lab

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