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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Detecting, Understanding, and Countering Censorship of Wikipedia

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This panel will provide an overview of how a global and open internet platform like Wikipedia can detect and respond to threats to access to information. Censorship of Wikipedia has been observed in twelve countries, preventing a large swath of the world population from accessing the free online encyclopedia. Wikipedia's global audience presents both an opportunity to track internet accessibility around the world, as well as a challenge to quickly identify and respond to censorship events that affect the platform. First, we will review the historical efforts to detect and understand censorship on Wikipedia. Second, we will identify some of the opportunities and challenges that an open platform faces when responding to censorship. Third, we will present and seek input on some possible ways to help everyday internet users learn about censorship and overcome obstacles to access. We present our tools and findings in this session with the hope of strengthening the relations between such projects and civil society groups working in the field of digital rights towards the common goal of making the Internet free and accessible for all.

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Jan Gerlach (TBC)

Senior Public Policy Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
I advocate for public policy that promotes free knowledge and Wikipedia.

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Maria Xynou

Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
Maria works with the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), a free software project that aims to increase transparency of internet censorship around the world. She manages OONI's partnerships, engaging human rights communities worldwide with censorship measurement research... Read More →
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Emna Mizouni

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

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