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Wednesday, June 12 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Fighting for Human Rights and Democracy in the Digital World: New tools, new actors – How to be more efficient?

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Traditional way of fighting for human rights and protecting democracy are not sufficient to protect these values in the digital world: regulations from countries or international organizations are weak or non-existent; private interest are very present or even dominating; communication methods are in constant evolution and still too easy to manipulate. What are the most efficient levers today to protect Human rights and Democracy in the cyber space? There is an emergency to have concrete actions with high impact, and various initiatives have been launched. How can they unite their action to be more effective? What recommendations and expectations would the different stakeholders have from one another?

This session will start by a short introduction by each speakers on their actions and their main stakes. There will then be a dialogue with speakers to understand what they should expect from each other and identify mutual actions to reinforce global action. The discussion will then open up to all participants. In a fishbowl format, anyone can enter the circle and contribute to the discussion through comments or questions to the speakers.

Les outils et leviers législatifs utilisés par les acteurs de la protection des droits de l’Homme et de la démocratie ne sont pas suffisant pour défendre ces valeurs dans le monde numérique: la régulation des Etats comme des organisations internationales y est faible voire inexistante, les intérêts privés très présents voire dominants, les modalités de communication en évolution constante et encore aujourd’hui trop manipulables. Quels sont les leviers les plus efficaces à mobiliser aujourd’hui pour protéger les droits de l’Homme et la démocratie dans l’espace cyber? L’urgence est de disposer d’actions concrètes à fort impact, divers initiatives ont été lancées, comment peuvent-elles unir leur action pour être plus efficace? Quelles seraient les recommandations que chacun de ces acteurs auraient pour l’autre ?

Cette session débutera par une brève introduction de la part de chaque intervenant sur ses actions et ses principaux enjeux. Il y aura un dialogue avec les intervenants pour comprendre ce qu'ils attendent les uns des autres et identifier des actions mutuelles pour renforcer l'action mondiale. La discussion s'ouvrira ensuite à tous les participants. Dans un format fish bowl, tous les participants ont la possibilité d’entrer dans le cercle et contribuer à la discussion en faisant des commentaires ou en posant des questions aux intervenants.

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Amélie Banzet

Head of open government, Etalab
Amélie Banzet is in charge of Open Government for Etalab and is the French State point of contact for the Open Government Partnership.Etalab is part of the French Direction for State Digital, Information system and communication, within the Prime minister office, where it carries... Read More →

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Deirdre Collings

Executive Director, The SecDev Foundation
Deirdre Collings is the co-Founder and Executive Director of The SecDev Foundation, which works globally to promote digital opportunity, safety and citizenship in conflict and fragile contexts. She is a specialist in conflict and development, identity-based politics and digital change... Read More →
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Elodie Vialle

Head of Journalism and Technology desk, Reporters without Borders
Identifying new threats that undermine the freedom of information l Knight-Wallace Fellow’20. Working on countering online attacks against female journalists.
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Rauno Merisaari

Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Ambassador at-large on Human Rights and Democracy Mr. Rauno Merisaari (b. 1957) is a Finnish diplomat and has a long career in the human rights policy and foreign relations both in the government and in civil society. He is a leading expert in the international human rights policy... Read More →
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Fanny Hidvégi

European Policy Manager, Access Now
Fanny (@infofannny) is Access Now’s European Policy Manager based in Brussels. Previously, Fanny was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she focused on E.U.-U.S. data transfers. For three years Fanny led the Freedom... Read More →
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Peggy Hicks

Since January 2016, Peggy Hicks has served as director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the UN's human rights office. From 2005 to 2015, she was global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, where she was responsible for coordinating... Read More →
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Henri Verdier

Ambassador for Digital Affairs, France
Henri Verdier was born in 1968. Currently, he is Ambassador for Digital Affairs for the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Previously, he was the interministerial director for digital information and communications systems (DG Dinsic) of France; and director of Etalab... Read More →

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