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Friday, June 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Landmark: Voter Beware! - Microtargeting in Political Elections and Campaigns

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Landmark sessions cover the core trending issues that have emerged from the RightsCon Program. These sessions elevate issues that deserve greater attention to support creating the most impactful programming possible. Landmarks are hosted in the RightsCon main stage at the Palais and benefit from greater production support, including translations.

Digital media ecosystems increasingly influence every aspect of our lives, from the education of our kids to the purchases we make. One feature of our modern information diet is a practice known as microtargeting a marketing strategy that uses people’s data to segment them into small groups for content targeting. In elections around the world, microtargeting is changing the landscape of national and global politics and campaigning. Further, the collection and use of data for commercial purposes remains largely unregulated, leading to the rise of the surveillance capitalist system.  The responsibility rests squarely on our shoulders as citizens and as voters to understand these dramatic shifts in the nature of our digital media ecosystems and protect ourselves from manipulation and exploitation.

This Landmark session will explore the risks, effectiveness, and impact of microtargeting on political processes, elections, and human rights, with discussion in its role in global campaigning and the challenges in securing evidence via social media and other ephemeral platforms to support regulatory change. 

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Tom Trewinnard

Programs & Partnerships, Meedan
Tom Trewinnard (UK) is Director of Programs at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Check project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He is a co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives... Read More →


David Carroll

Director, Democracy Program, Carter Center
David Carroll is director of the Carter Center's Democracy Program and leads the Center's work on developing and building consensus on international standards. He also coordinates a Carter Center team working to develop a methodology and related tools to assess the impact of social... Read More →
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Varoon Bashyakarla

Data Scientist, Tactical Tech
Varoon Bashyakarla is a data scientist at the Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based NGO that works globally at the intersection of civil society and technology. For the past two years, he has been studying how personal data is becoming a political asset, influencing elections... Read More →
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Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Cofounder and president, Panoptykon Foundation
Lawyer, activist, performer. Still believing that reclaiming control and power over data is possible. Fighting this battle for last 10 years.
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Hsiang-Sheng (Johnson) Liang

Participant, g0v.tw
I am...- A web developer that works at an Internet company as a day job.- An open-sourced civic tech supporter, participated & founded several projects that facilitates civic participation of democracy.- Going to present Cofacts, the voluntary project I have founded in mid 2016Cofacts... 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 →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
The BeeHive (Palais)