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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
#DigitalPolitik and the Internet's Warring States Period

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The global internet continues to fragment. Governments, in particular, are using their influence to shape the ways that digital companies, markets, and rights connect us online. This new form of realpolitik, which we call “digitalpolitik,” is an emerging tactical playbook for how governments use their political, regulatory, military, and commercial powers to project influence in global, digital markets. This session will, building on an early, initial effort, begin a conversation on identifying, categorizing, and tracking the strategies and tactics, and their divergence, among the world's most influential digital actors.

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Rohinton Medhora

President, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. He served on CIGI's former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research... Read More →


David Mark

Adviser, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
I manage ODIHR’s programs focused on supporting Human Rights Defenders and human rights education in the OSCE region. My main interest is in tech solutions to scale up capacity building programs and to enable a wider reachout and sustainable interventions. I also provide advisory... Read More →
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Sean McDonald

Co-Founder, Digital Public
Sean McDonald is a co-founder of Digital Public, a public interest data governance firm. Digital Public pioneered Civic Data Trusts – legal frameworks that enable groups to build fiduciary, purpose-driven management of the rights to data, code, and other digital assets. He's also... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Carthage 2 (Laico)