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Thursday, June 13

7:30am BST

9:00am BST

Delegated Repression: How do the Russian state forces private actors to censor and to surveil? Oya 1 (Laico) Do Moderators Dream of Electric Sheep? The potential for AI in regulating online content L'Escale (Laico) With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Keeping public sector algorithms accountable Carthage 1 (Laico) Feeding Trolls in the Marketplace of Ideas Biscay (Palais) Lightning Talks: What's in a name? Tracking terror and digital threats The BeeHive (Palais) Returning Protest to the People: A campaign to destigmatise protesters Village Stage (Laico) A multi-stakeholder dialogue on internet platforms, sexual content, and child protection Utique (Laico) Technology in Conflict: Assessing platform companies’ human rights responsibility and accountability in high-risk settings El Jem (Laico) Hope for Resilience: Shifting the narrative, advancing wellbeing Carthage 3 (Laico) Creative Ways to Support Diverse Tool Teams Hannibal (Laico) Granny & the Robots: Sex, violence and care - Why human rights matter Jelsa (Laico) One Size Fits All? Taking global human rights apps to scale for use in wildly different local contexts Elydhafa (Laico) The Feminist Digisec Network and the Importance of a Feminist Digital Security Carthage 2 (Laico) Developing a Digital Rights Model Law for Africa Amilcar (Laico) Law Enforcement and the Internet of Things Cyrene (Laico) Decolonising Cyberpolicy: Developing a Cyberpolicy Framework Relevant to the Global South Limes (Laico) How Do You Trust the Internet? Insights into users' perceptions of security and privacy, what they mean for the Internet, and how we all can help improve trust online. Celtic (Palais) One size does NOT fit all: Diverse threat models across North Africa call for more refined digital security training and tools Elyssa (Laico) How you can start using data analytics to grow your organizations impact and resources...tomorrow! Adean (Palais) Reverse-Engineering an RFP: Making Beneficiaries the Boss Dougga (Laico) Changing practices of internet manipulation Oya 3 (Laico) Connecting for Inclusion: The devil is in the detail! Caspian (Palais) The Palestinian Cause for Digital Freedom Leptis (Laico)

10:30am BST

Dynamics of Doing Research in Closed Societies: What we can learn from audience research from online exiled media L'Escale (Laico) Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones? Regulation and governance of facial recognition technology Oya 1 (Laico) Rights and Ethics: When technology knows how you feel Hannibal (Laico) "Challenge Hate” - Countering “hate speech” against LGBTQ people in MENA Amilcar (Laico) Imagine an Internet Free From Hate...It’s Easy If You Try: A strategy workshop on combating gender-based hate speech online Adean (Palais) Moderate Bias? Exploring anti-bias training in the context of online content moderation Carthage 2 (Laico) Data Trusts: Getting beyond the hype Biscay (Palais) Coffee and Democracy: Let's talk about the EU elections results and what it means for digital rights Jelsa (Laico) Separating human rights activism from regime change Cyrene (Laico) Political Ads on Social Networks: Tearing the curtains of opacity Elyssa (Laico) Tackling Takedowns: Building platform transparency and accountability Dougga (Laico) Technological fictions and feminist futures Limes (Laico) One Cross-Border Treaty to Rule Them All: The Budapest Convention Protocol Elydhafa (Laico) Defending Encryption: Lessons from the Australian frontline Village Stage (Laico) Lightning Talks: User experience and access in closed societies The BeeHive (Palais) Queering the Resistance: Movement building across digital terrain Caspian (Palais) The Network of Internet & Society Centers Information Quality Meetup Celtic (Palais) Meet the Funders: An OTR Q&A with donors Carthage 1 (Laico) Know Thy Enemy: Narrative framing, storytelling, and tech in the disinformation age Oya 2 (Laico) Who said What to Whom? Disinformation and anonymous speech Leptis (Laico) Peacebuilding in the Age of Technology Oya 3 (Laico) Does Social Media Deserve a Sin Tax? The impact of Internet service levies on human rights and sustainable development in Africa Utique (Laico) Measuring internet shutdowns El Jem (Laico)

12:00pm BST

1:00pm BST

2:15pm BST

Who wants to be a terrorist? The radicalisation of free speech control through measures against terrorist content online Oya 2 (Laico) Artificial Benevolence: Updating informed consent in the age of AI Celtic (Palais) Before the ship sails on AI governance, let's talk about trade Cyrene (Laico) Violence and Harassment: Navigating the hazardous online world for women in North Africa Leptis (Laico) Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Of the people, by the people, for the people Caspian (Palais) It’s the business model, stupid! Targeted advertising and human rights Utique (Laico) #DigitalPolitik and the Internet's Warring States Period Carthage 2 (Laico) #GazaLightMessage: Opening the blockade Limes (Laico) Collective Intelligence Approaches to Expanding Violations Monitoring in Conflict Zones Biscay (Palais) Landmark: The Business of Privacy – How to Profit from Protecting Personal Data The BeeHive (Palais) Putting Users First! The responsibility of tech SMEs in the Global South to respect human rights Carthage 3 (Laico) Transparency with Teeth: Making supply chain data work in the apparel industry Dougga (Laico) Solving the problem of vicarious trauma in open source investigations Hannibal (Laico) Beyond Dating Apps: LGBTQ people in other online platforms Oya 3 (Laico) Crossing the Border in the Cloud: A Latin American perspective on lawful access laws Amilcar (Laico) Callisto: Combating sexual assault through cryptography Jelsa (Laico) It Always Feels like Somebody's Watching You: The impact of U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance on journalists Village Stage (Laico) The humanitarian cybersecurity and privacy problem Oya 1 (Laico) Shaping Multilaterals: How civil society can influence and participate multilateral processes such as the UN or the WTO Elydhafa (Laico) Building Platforms That Open Governments and Their Watchdogs Elyssa (Laico) How to build civil society cross-expertise in response to disinformation Carthage 1 (Laico) Visual Investigations at the New York Times: Innovations in Truth Telling Adean (Palais) Warning! Access to the Internet Is Suspended for Security Reasons – A policy discussion on the effectiveness of Internet shutdowns L'Escale (Laico)

3:45pm BST

Fear, Friction, and Flooding: New models of censorship in the MENA region (the case of Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey) Carthage 3 (Laico) Information Expansion in North Korea: Current efforts and challenges Leptis (Laico) The Imprisonment of Ola Bini: Building solidarity and protecting the community Hannibal (Laico) Enhancing Human Rights Due Diligence with Futures Methodology Carthage 2 (Laico) Ethical AI Career Pathways: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders to innovate ethically Oya 2 (Laico) Combating harassment of women journalists in extremism-ridden online spaces Utique (Laico) Big Data Strikes Back: Building the data protection rebellion Dougga (Laico) Data Protection and Refugees: Informed consent in asylum process and access to aid Celtic (Palais) Demystifying the Definitions, Demands, and Data of “Direct Access” Limes (Laico) How Smaller and Less Resourced Media Outlets Can Unlock the Value of Analytic Activities Without Triggering a Privacy Backlash Jelsa (Laico) Co-designing and Threat-modeling Accountability Tools for Restricted Civic Spaces: the Egypt Social Progress Indicators platform Biscay (Palais) Data-Dialogue-Decisions: Creating alternative civic spaces for youth Oya 1 (Laico) Elections and Public Discourse in Africa: Do social media platforms level the playing field? Oya 3 (Laico) Europe's Whistleblower Directive: Building an international consensus around public interest disclosure Cyrene (Laico) Taking an Ethical Stand: Building tech companies of the future L'Escale (Laico) The Ranking Digital Rights 2019 Corporate Accountability Index: Which companies have improved their respect for your rights? Adean (Palais) Putting Human-Rights based Cybersecurity Strategies into Practice: A focus on Africa Elydhafa (Laico) Threat Modeling for Activists in Latin America Caspian (Palais) Harnessing Technology for the Public Good: Improving local government performance and accountability through new technologies El Jem (Laico) Mapping safety and security challenges between human rights defenders and funders Carthage 1 (Laico) From Brazil to Africa, fighting for human rights and open infrastructures in the global south Amilcar (Laico) Defining Meaningful Access: An expanded approach to connectivity Elyssa (Laico)

5:15pm BST

Detecting, Understanding, and Countering Censorship of Wikipedia Adean (Palais) Lightning Talks: Fighting censorship, surveillance, and disinformation around the Globe The BeeHive (Palais) Media Beyond Borders: Resilient content strategies for reaching audiences in closed societies Celtic (Palais) AI 2050: Imagining AI trajectories in the Global South Elydhafa (Laico) Datafied Refuge: Navigating new digital borders for refugees in the city Carthage 1 (Laico) Complicit or Neutral? Social media content moderation in conflict areas L'Escale (Laico) Election Watch: Addressing information freedom on the internet and the dangerous trend of internet shutdowns Carthage 2 (Laico) It Takes a World to Save a Village: Recognizing Palestinian planning rights Oya 2 (Laico) Between the Silicon Valley-China Spectrum: Towards a democratic regulation to promote a free and open Internet Amilcar (Laico) Business and Human Rights in Africa and South-Asia: Network shutdown and data disclosure requests under conflicting legal frameworks El Jem (Laico) Old Crisis, Novel Means: Applying new tools to encourage company action in support of civic freedoms and human rights defenders Limes (Laico) Business for Better Cybersecurity: How the private sector can promote economic growth and digital rights Oya 1 (Laico) Chill Out: Defining sustainable long term strategies for digital security success Elyssa (Laico) Tech Demos: Getting Chatty – Rethinking secure communications Cyrene (Laico) The fight for digital privacy in the face of authoritarianism and surveillance capitalism Village Stage (Laico) Dispatches From the Front Lines of Civil Society's Pushback Against Closing Space Biscay (Palais) Tech Demos: Changing the Name of the Game – New Ways to Raise Awareness Caspian (Palais) A Private Matter: Chat apps and journalism Carthage 3 (Laico) Beyond Bots: Anticipating challenges from future tech and disinformation Oya 3 (Laico) How Small Countries Survive: A human rights dilemma with respect to asymmetrical disinformation war Jelsa (Laico) Online Media and Misinformation: You ask, youth answers Leptis (Laico) Studying the impact of shutdowns from the lens of gender, conflict, and ethnicity Hannibal (Laico)

7:00pm BST

9:00pm BST


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