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Thursday, March 31 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Fostering a Culture of Digital Rights: Lightning Talks

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"Designing Consent Into Social Networks"
ID: 23 — Caroline Sinders (Interaction Designer, IBM)
Online harassment isn’t a new plight or issue within social media, but what is new is the study and focus on online harassment. New verbiage, vocabulary, and offline initiatives have been created to focus on and provide support for online harassment victims. But what can be used to stymie harassment in digital spaces? Is harassment facilitated, not because of language, but because of the infrastructural design of a system? Can systems design and UI design encourage and dissuade specific social interactions in digital spaces? How does design affect users within the system? Within this lecture, I plan to break down the way computers are beginning to understand digital language, through machine learning, and then dissect the way infrastructure is affecting and shaping social interactions, social communication, and language.

"Hacking Politics"

ID: 25 — Santiago Siri (President, Democracy Earth)
This talk will cover how we started a political party in Argentina with the goal to 'change the system from within' and we faced a corrupt machinery. Today, we're building open source software to make voting more transparent and accountable anywhere in the world with the support of Y Combinator.

"Building an inclusive community: Code of Conduct principles and best practices"
ID: 243 - Gemma Barrett (Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, Open Technology Institute)
"The use of anti-harassment policies in tech communities has been a contentious issue for the last few years, despite being a standard part of other industries and high-profile implementations (such as Apple's usage of the Contributor Covenant in their Swift repository) becoming a more regular occurrence. With such an issue, it's perhaps not surprising that an overwhelming number of resources have sprung up to provide opinions on, samples of, and supporting processes for, their usage. But a lack of guiding principles and standards has resulted in varying levels of quality implementation and community leader support.
This session will look at the task of building an inclusive community through Code of Conduct implementation in the same manner as a software development project. Problems with current implementations will be identified, edge cases will be considered and solutions will be drawn up, with the end goal of the talk being to examine the core values required by each implementation in order for it to successfully build an inclusive environment."

"How One Law Turned Every Peruvian into a Target of Surveillance?"
ID: 131 — Miguel Morachimo (Executive Director, Hiperderecho)
This presentation tells the experience of the Stalker Law in Peru, which gives police access to geolocation data without judicial authorization and imposes mandatory data retention for three years. This law was approved without prior debate, with very little justification, parts of it were plagiarized from the Internet and currently is being challenged in Congress. From this example, the idea is to expand on a wider conversation about surveillance, national security and policy populism in developing countries. 

"How Assange Won in the UN and What It Means"
Carey Shenkman (First Amendment and Human Rights Lawyer)
Last month WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won a 1.5 year-long case against Sweden and the United Kingdom before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), a decision hailed by hundreds of figures, including rights organizations, academics, and Nobel laureates. The WGAD found Assange's situation in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London —nearly four years — to be detention based on a well-founded fear of persecution by the United States. An unprecedented US investigation continues against Assange for journalistic activities. Important freedom of expression implications arise from the opinion and the WGAD's follow-up statements. The talk will touch upon what the WGAD's decision means more broadly, and how it represents a growing European and international trend toward protecting whistleblowers and those who promote truth-telling.


Gemma Barrett

Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, Open Technology Institute
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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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Carey Shenkman

First Amendment and Human Rights Lawyer
Carey Shenkman is an attorney specializing in human rights and the First Amendment. He currently works for Michael Ratner, President Emeritus ofthe Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and consults for ARTICLE 19. Previously, he worked on litigation with CCR on behalf of journalists seeking public access to the court-martial of Chelsea Manning, on human rights litigation before the US Supreme Court, and at the Yugoslav International Tribunal... Read More →
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Caroline Sinders

User Researcher, IBM Watson
Interaction Designer, IBM

Santiago Siri

President, Democracy Earth

Thursday March 31, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
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