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Friday, June 14 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Protecting digital communities in democracies from the global reach of authoritarian countries

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The session will be divided into four parts. The first part will be dedicated to an examination of case studies where censorship of one country has been applied abroad. These case studies will be matched with potential solutions proposed by the panel members and audience. The second part will proceed similarly and explore what kind of surveillance countries have instituted most commonly. How can we prevent equipment built by China from being exported globally and used for human rights abuses? Shall countries impose sanctions on companies? Thirdly, the panel will explore how to approach information influence operations abroad. Many countries have experienced Russian and Iranian propaganda. However, it has been difficult to counter this subtle kind of information controls. While the audience is encouraged to interject remarks or ideas at any point of the session, the last part is particularly designed to stimulate their interaction. The moderator will encourage the audience to voice their opinion and give examples that the panel may have missed or deserve attention. The audience will be also invited to introduce the platforms, channels or organisations that they work for if any of them can contribute to tailoring counterstrategies and make a lasting impact.

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Lisa Garbe

Research associate, University of St.Gallen
Our research team maps and analyzes all African ISPs and their shareholders; ISP involvement in shutdowns; and consequences thereof

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Arzu Geybullayeva

Journalist, Azerbaijan Internet Watch, Azerbaijan
Arzu Geybulla is a columnist and writer, with a special focus on digital authoritarianism, and member of the Forum 2000 Foundation Program Council. She has written for Al Jazeera, Eurasianet, CODA, Open Democracy, and RFE/RL, with a byline on CNN International. Ms. Geybulla is also... Read More →
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Arthur Gwagwa

Senior Research Fellow, Strathmore University (CIPIT)
Arthur is currently working on a project funded by the Open Technology Fund. The project will detect, document, and analyze current and emerging cyber threats with a long term goal to mitigate their impact on users at risk in specific Sub-Saharan African countries especially around... Read More →

Gabrielle Lim

Researcher, Data & Society Research Institute
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Valentin Weber

Research Affiliate, Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, University of Oxford
Valentin is a DPhil Candidate in Cyber Security at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security and a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, University of Oxford. He is also an Open Technology Fund Fellow in Information Controls at the Berkman... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Oya 1 (Laico)