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Wednesday, June 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Benevolent Accomplices of Authoritarian Regimes on the Internet

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The Internet helped communities facing oppression to publish and get organized more freely, with unprecedented global reach. Censorship was not eradicated on the Internet but nation-states were not fully successful in controlling access to and distribution of online content till now. With the widespread of online social media platforms where in many countries it is equivalent to many to the Internet, the Internet’s global reach was taken to its next level. Platforms did not remain neutral. In the name of preventing harm or under pressure, fighting with disinformation, terrorism and preserving cybersecurity, platforms have been taking content down. There are many other benevolent actors and activists that are marching towards censorship online in the name of fighting with fake news, protecting children and preventing intellectual property violations. Increasingly states, platforms, political parties and activists have been demonstrating similar behavior to that of authoritarian regimes. We would like to discuss how democratic countries, Internet intermediaries and other benevolent actors can be de facto helping autocratic countries to hamper speech and activism. The goal of the session is to provide some insight into the consequences of online content takedown and access blockage for the societies that live in oppression like in MENA.

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Rafik Dammak

Non-commercial Stakeholder Group former Chair
He is engineer working and living in Japan. He is member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles . He has been involved in ICANN community as NCUC (Non-commercial users constituency) individual user member, former elected GNSO Councillor... 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 →
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Milton Mueller

Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Milton Mueller is the O.G. of I.G. He directs the Internet Governance Project, a center for research and engagement on global Internet governance. Mueller's books Will the Internet Fragment? (Polity, 2017), Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press... Read More →
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Omer Fisher

Head, Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR
I lead the OSCE/ODIHR Human Rights Department and have a strong interest in technology and human rights. In particular, I am interested in freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, technology for human rights monitoring, games as awareness raising / learning tools. I am... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
Carthage 1 (Laico)