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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Election Watch: Addressing information freedom on the internet and the dangerous trend of internet shutdowns

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Technology and politics are now connected more than ever. Elections around the world, from Bangladesh, Nigeria, India, to Ukraine, have revealed a status quo of information control and attempts to manipulate the online environment. Governments, politicians, and foreign actors are increasingly violating digital rights ahead of elections in order to control the media narrative, censor critics, and deny citizens access to information.

In this session, we will bring together research groups, activists, and human rights organizations who seek to understand and address the ways internet restrictions negatively affect electoral integrity. We will explore some of these mechanisms, including internet shutdowns, information controls and blocks, and misinformation and propaganda, while evaluating the economic and political cost of undermining the transparency, fairness, and legitimacy of elections. 

In addition, we will consider how to develop advocacy strategies that raise the profile of internet freedom concerns ahead of elections and respond to specific needs in diverse  countries and regions. The goal of such advocacy is to prevent the normalization of connectivity disruptions and digital rights violations during elections.

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
Carthage 2 (Laico)