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Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Access No_! Voices from conflict zones

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The Access No_! session will allow excluded digital and social activists from around the globe to tell RightsCon attendees in their own words why internet access matters in the midst of conflict. The panel will feature vlogs from individuals whose physical movement is restricted due to conflict or persecution by permits, bringing voices to the conference that would otherwise not be present. The panel will raise awareness of the importance of access to internet in conflict areas and engage session participants in a facilitated discussion on improving protections to safe and accessible internet for activists. The 60-minute panel will include three segments: 1- Internet Freedom Fighters: Where are they now? An update from the Syrian internet freedom fighters featured in the 2018 RightsCon. 2- Messages from activists with restricted movement: Profiles of activists in conflict areas who are unable to travel due to active conflict or persecution by permits (lack of status or documentation). 3- Discussion: The session participants will be engaged in discussion with a panel to address the most prevalent and emerging threats to safe internet access for individuals in conflict zones and the role of the broader internet freedom community to support these individuals.

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Dima Samaro

Dima Samaro is a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Policy Associate at Access Now. She works closely with the Policy team conducting policy analysis and promoting human rights activism on the internet in the MENA region. Before joining Access Now, Dima served as a legal researcher... Read More →
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Nada al-Farhan

Field Team Manger, SalamaTech, The SecDev Foundation
Nada al-Farhan is the Field Team Manager at The SecDev Foundation's SalamaTech project, supporting digital safety efforts in Syria. Nada builds and empowers networks of non-profit beneficiaries, particularly supporting women, youth and civil society in the Middle East.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Celtic (Palais)

Attendees (137)