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Friday, April 1 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Civil Society: In Pursuit of Internet Policy Progress

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You’re an internet policy advocate: you’ve done some combination of research, analysis, campaign planning, and community building, you’ve liaised with the private and public spheres, you’ve spread your message as far as possible through many media, and in these many processes you’ve dealt with setbacks and learned from mistakes. Your experiences and knowledge could be invaluable to another internet policy practitioner, and theirs equally as useful to you.
Capitalizing on the convergence of so many internet policy advocates from around the world, this session will enable you to learn what worked and what didn’t from international colleagues striving to achieve internet freedom and respect for digital rights in their countries, and to share your own experiences as well. The roundtable will be open for you to discuss your ups and downs, your wins and losses, your setbacks and solutions, and future points of international collaboration.
After a brief introduction from each organization represented at the roundtable, a moderator from Internews will guide participants through an open discussion of methods, best practices, successes, and challenges faced by CSOs in the course of internet policy advocacy. At the conclusion of the discussion, participants will have new formed new relationships for future collaboration and learning. Further, the discussion will be made available for advocates unable to attend the conference or session, future advocates, and assistance organizations interested in the digital rights space.

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Donny B.U.

Executive Director, ICT Watch - Indonesia
Donny B.U. (Mr.) is co-founder of ICT Watch (ictwatch.com) in 2002, the leading Indonesian ICT civil society organization (CSO) that laid the foundation for the responsible use of Internet through the nationwide campaign. This campaign forged a nation of informed citizens, subtly pre-empting the possibility of new government limits on free expression. He was awarded an Ashoka fellowship in 2012 for his social entrepreneur activities that focus on... Read More →
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Jessica Dheere

Founder/Director, Social Media Exchange
I'm the co-founder and executive director of Social Media Exchange (smex.org), a Beirut–based NGO that since 2008 has been a pioneer in digital journalism, digital advocacy, and digital rights in Lebanon and the Arab region.
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Luis Fernando Garcia

Director, R3D
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Miguel Morachimo

Director, Hiperderecho
Miguel Morachimo is a lawyer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the director of the nonprofit Hiperderecho, a Peruvian civil organization devoted to facilitating public understanding, research, promotion, and observance of human rights and freedoms in the digital world. His work has been featured in all major news outlets in Peru and he has participated in congressional hearings and several major international conferences. His... Read More →
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Claudio Ruiz

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales
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Sana Saleem

Director, Bolo Bhi
Co-founder and Director of Bolo Bhi. I am reelance journalist, researcher, rights advocate and public policy consultant. I have written for Dawn, The Guardian and have been writing for Global Voices for the past five years, where I currently work as Editor for Pakistan. In 2012, I was listed among Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for her work on free speech and was recognized for my work on #BBC100 women of 2014. I am also on the... Read More →

Art Suriyawongkul

Director, Thai Netizen Network

Friday April 1, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Fishbowl

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