"Words Are Powerful: How can mainstream media implement ethical journalism and gender-sensitive reporting"ID: 98 — Japleen Pasricha (Founder & Editor-in-chief, FeminismInIndia.com)
Words are powerful, and how mainstream media talks, writes, represents and reports on gender and gender-based violence makes a huge impact on how people perceive it. This short presentation shows how Indian as well as international media has misrepresented and misreported gender and gender based violence. A special focus is on social media and platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and how they silence the voices of women and sexual minorities and the rise of Islamophobia in the global North and how media helps in promoting the same. At the end of the presentation, a set of recommendations and best practices are presented on how media can improve reportage on gender and gender¬based violence and implement ethical journalism. "Learning Free Speech Basics in India"ID: 292 — Japreet Grewal (The Centre for Intenet and Society)
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has created a portal dedicated to spreading awareness for freedom of expression online in India. CIS proposes to organise a session to launch the portal at the Rights Con and have a conversation about the objective behind this initiative. Through this initiative, CIS intends to educate online users about the law on freedom of expression in India and various medium specific mechanisms such as internet blocking which stifle this freedom. The portal provides simplified understanding of complex legal issues related to online speech that affect everyday lives of say, an online blogger, a journalist, researcher in India. We propose to have at this session, an audience of prospective viewers of our portal including journalists, researchers, start-ups and other similar local as well as global initiatives to talk about how this initiative can address some of the queries on free speech that online users have and look for opportunities to collaborate with other initiatives to make it more effective."Da Se Zna: Documenting and Publicizing LGBTI Rights Abuses in Serbia"ID: 298 — Collin Sullivan (Benetech)
This session will present the recently published web portal, Da Se Zna (“For the Record"
), which serves as a place where the public can both submit new testimony of human rights abuse against the LGBTI population in Serbia, and view information about documented incidents of abuse. It is the product of a partnership between NDI and Benetech which emphasized security and privacy preservation in data collection and storage, and usability in publicly accessing and interpreting the information. "Iran's Cyber Army and Freedom of Expression Online"ID: 5 — Baaroo Foundation
In recent years Iranian officials time after time have boasted about the actions of “Iran's Cyber Army” and their fight in the "soft-war” online. But there are limited facts known about their memberships, structure, or even place within Iranian security forces. In this session we will breakdown and discuss our latest findings and research into elusive this Iranian Cyber Army. In the coming weeks ARTICLE 19 will publish a report about the effects of the “Iranian Cyber Army” on Freedom of Expression Online, the safety of Iranian activists, and online self-censorship."AntHillHacks — a collective visual narrative"ID: 115 — Servelots Infotech"Bridge: Translate the global web and social media"ID: 68 — An Xiao Mina (Director of Product, Meedan), Chris Blow (Director of User Experience, Meedan)
Bridge is Meedan's platform for human powered translations of social media. It has already been used by nearly 40 translators to generated hundreds of translations of social media around under-reported stories from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Hong Kong. With a swift workflow, translators can surface and translate compelling content within 5 minutes, making Bridge an ideal tool for real-time social media research and mobilizations. In this demo, we will look at the software (both an iOS app and a browser extension) and how teams can use it to surface and broadcast content from one language to another. Our goal is to build a more crosslingual, crosscultural internet and find partners who care about these issues. We hope to find new partners to work with--either as users of Bridge or as supporters.