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Together at RightsCon Tunis, our first summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, more than 2500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of our human rights.

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Wednesday, June 12 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Are we seriously going to trade away our privacy like cars, rice, or bananas?

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When data becomes a trade commodity, privacy is treated as a trade barrier. Policymakers are using this logic, and therefore privacy and data protection rules are undermined by binding, enforceable trade agreements. Trade deals containing data governance rules are crafted by technology companies who are the only stakeholders represented in the negotiations. Appearing first in the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP), these rules constrain how countries regulate the cross- border transfer of data. Since the TPP, these rules have emerged in a growing number of bilateral, plurilateral, and regional trade agreements. This is despite the fact that such provisions directly undermine nations' human rights obligations. Furthermore, these rules could worsen competition between platform companies as they grow to become international data monopolies. This session will collectively map and strategize a way forward to influence trade policy making on behalf of digital rights organizations and all those who defend our human rights on the internet. The highlight will be a facilitated discussion about what each person can do to get involved to defend privacy and fight for a more diverse internet economy worldwide.

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Francisco Vera

Advocacy officer, Privacy International


J. Carlos Lara

Director, Derechos Digitales
Internet lover, coffee lover, live music lover, bacon lover, dog lover, cat lover, internet hater.
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Burcu Kilic

Director, Digital Rights Program, Public Citizen

Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Carthage 3 (Laico)