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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Dispatches From the Front Lines of Civil Society's Pushback Against Closing Space

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2019 has been off to a traumatic start for some human rights activists across the world. Efforts to promote fundamental rights online and increase government accountability and democratic advancement have faced surveillance and censorship strategies, social media manipulation, and government-sponsored street violence in Latin America and Southern Africa. Social media and messaging apps are becoming lifelines to organize, advocate and document human rights abuses to present to the international community. As governments work to disrupt, surveil and censor such platforms, this task is becoming increasingly dangerous. Meanwhile, in places like Eastern Europe, activists are contending with increased information warfare and cyber-attacks from Russia. While attempting to maintain the internet as a place for free expression and unfettered access to information, activists in Ukraine are defending themselves against ill-intended incursions into their online media spaces. Against this backdrop, a diverse range of activists from Nicaragua, Honduras, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and Ukraine come together to share their experiences, challenges, and success stories using technology and the internet to overcome threats to their human rights work, and the defense of fundamental civil liberties.

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Iryna Chulivska

Digital Security Lab Ukraine

Francisca Stuardo

Communications senior officer, Center for Justice and International Law

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
Biscay (Palais)