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Thursday, March 31 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Challenges to Strong Digital Rights Protections: Hub Table Sessions

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"Shaping Digital Rights Policy for Next Decade -- Engaging with the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy"
ID: 61
Meet some of the members of the civil society advisory body to the OECD (CSISAC, Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council) and design civil society's advocacy strategy to meaningfully engage with the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy. The OECD Ministerial meeting is a rare opportunity for nongovernment parties to participate in the exclusive decision-making process of the OECD. The next Ministerial meeting will be held in June 2016, Cancun, Mexico, where ministers of OECD member countries and stakeholders meet and discuss the goals and action items of ICT policy for the next decade. The outcomes of the 2016 Ministerial meeting will directly shape ICT policy development in major developed countries during the next decade. Recognizing the timeliness and strategic importance of the 2016 Ministerial meeting, this workshop aims at raise awareness on the issues being discussed in the preparations for the Ministerial and discuss civil society advocacy strategies with the audience. The first half of the Workshop will be led by a moderator and panelists who have been engaging with international organizations including the OECD. The second half of the Workshop will be a strategy session. Panelists will discuss with the audience and design civil society engagement strategies throughout the three day OECD 2016 Ministerial meeting.

"The hyperlink is at risk"
ID: 252 — Laura Tribe (Digital Rights Specialist, OpenMedia)
Rapidly­ changing digital policies across the world are contributing to the decline of the democratizing power of the hyperlink and its ability to create the interconnected information space imagined by Tim Berners-­Lee. One such example is the ancillary copyright law implemented in Spain in 2014–a proposal that was rejected by EuroParl for EU­-wide implementation, but threatens to return with the drafting of updates to the Copyright Directive. To fight back against these policies, an international network of over 90 digital rights organizations, businesses, journalists and Internet users from 30 countries have convened under the banner of “SaveTheLink” to catalogue and push back against sustained threats to the hyperlink. In this session, participants will learn about new policies that make it easier for governments and corporations to demand and implement link censorship, and tools we are developing that will help identify and address these threats. By the end of the session, each participant will understand global threats to the right to link, and have access to educational resources and an action platform to defend the open web. The hyperlink facilitates the distributed power of the Web: but this essential tool is at risk. “Every day” Internet users and those who advocate on their behalf ­must be able to communicate how policies and practices will affect they way that we access knowledge and culture online. After this session, participants will be able to speak to the issue of link censorship in ways that are real and tangible to Internet users, and identify some of the leading threats to our right to link.

"Safeguarding freedom expression and privacy online: staying safe but remaining vocal"
ID: 74 —  Kathleen Reen (Vice President for ICT Policy and Programs, Internews), Farieha Aziz (Director, Bolo Bhi)
Online harassment and terrorist content are becoming a rallying point for governments to step into this space and take control. Whether it results in targeting encryption users, increasing content takedown, or user data requests, the overbearing presence governments around the world and bent towards control and overregulation is becoming problematic for netizens freedom of expression and privacy. How freedom expression and privacy online are perceived also requires a fundamental rethink. Privacy and freedom expression are traditionally treated as separate issues yet one has a direct impact on the other. The two need to be viewed in connection to one another. This session seeks to hold a dialogue between local civil society organizations and the private sector i.e. internet companies that operate in their countries to discuss the challenges faced vis a vis freedom of expression and privacy online. The dialogue will explore how companies and civil society organizations collaborate and communicate better to safeguard expression and ensure safety online, to protect human rights and develop new strategies for overcoming them.

"Binary Choice or Balancing Test: The fundamental challenge of the encryption debate"
ID: 255 — Daniel Weitzner
The debate on encryption has been continuing over decades and despite global discussions on use of strong encryption we have witnessed anti encryption regulation as recent as 2015 such as the Snooper’s Charter in the United Kingdom and the National Encryption Policy in India in the name of national security and public order. The UN Special Rapporteur's Report on encryption, anonymity, and the human rights framework has acknowledged the need to uphold the principles of necessity, proportionality and legitimacy in regulating encryption. However, the crypto community doesn’t see things along the lines of those tests, but in more black and white terms: demanding no regulation of encryption whatsoever. Through this session, analyse if we aim to see if these two visions – of the law and of technology – are fundamentally incompatible or whether they can be reconciled.

"IranCubator: Sparking Iran’s Civic-Tech Sector"
ID: 218

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Firuzeh Mahmoudi

United for Iran, United for Iran
Firuzeh Mahmoudi is the Director of United for Iran, a Bay Area NGO working to improve civil liberties in Iran. After witnessing the 2009 uprising in Iran, Mahmoudi organized a global rally in 110 cities. The day turned to be the largest day of global support for Iran in history. Shortly after, Mahmoudi started United for Iran. Seven years later, United for Iran works to improve human rights, support civil society, and increases civic... Read More →

Kathleen Reen

Vice President for ICT Policy and Programs, Internews
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Laura Tribe

Digital Rights Specialist, OpenMedia

Thursday March 31, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
*The Hub*

Attendees (11)