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Thursday, June 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Fear, Friction, and Flooding: New models of censorship in the MENA region (the case of Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey)

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"Fear, friction and flooding" are the three methods coined for new censorship models in oppressive regimes (Roberts, 2018), which captures the essence of new online tactics to stifle freedoms online. This session will look at how conditions have worsened in Bahrain, Egypt, Iran and Turkey in the past year. This session by Motoon will convene technical experts, leading Internet researchers, and digital rights activists working on documenting and resisting censorship in Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Bahrain. This session will aim to understand how the situation has evolved in each country. In some instances governments are learning from each other; in other instances governments are working with the private sector to control and surveil their citizens online. While these countries are not the only ones in the region to experience such turbulence in online rights, they are a diverse examples of the languages, geopolitical contexts, and economic situations that are both resounding within the wider region. We will discuss the facts amongst experts, while creating an opportunity to learn from this coalition of regional peers to come up with ways rights advocates in the MENA region can fight against these tightenings using resources of research, documentation, technology and law.

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Emna Mizouni

Emna, a Tunisian-Maghrebi, is a Digital Communications Specialist and the Lead of Digital Citizenship Initiative. She is the President-Founder of Carthagina organisation, trying to promote Tunisia globally through digitising heritage. She is an advocate for Open Culture and Open Knowledge... Read More →

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Afsaneh Rigot

Afsaneh Rigot is a researcher looking at the nexus of law, technology, LGBTQ, refugee and human rights issues.She is a research fellow at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She also works with ARTICLE 19 on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) t... Read More →
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Mohammed Al-Maskati

human rights activist and digital security consultant, Front Line Defenders for MENA
Mohammed Abdulnabi al-Maskati is a Bahraini human rights activist and digital security consultant with Front Line Defenders for Middle East and North Africa. He is the founder of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, a leading group in the 2011-2012 Bahraini uprising.
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Isik Mater

Director of Research, NetBlocks
Isik Mater is Director of Research at NetBlocks and at Turkey Blocks, and vice president of the Alternative Informatics Association. She is a digital rights activist and commentator on internet censorship, cyber-security and information warfare. Isik contributes to Turkish press agency... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
Carthage 3 (Laico)