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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Beyond Dating Apps: LGBTQ people in other online platforms

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This session addresses pressing issues faced by the LGBTQ community in the digital environment. The panel will explore the promises and opportunities of the internet for enabling the development of a strong and thriving LGBTQ community, as well as the challenges and perils posed by new telecommunications technologies when it comes to those users. The primary goal is to move away from discussing dating apps, inviting speakers from civil society and other internet platforms in order to identify other specific issues that have proven to be particularly sensitive for the LGBTQ community and the internet. Considering the “meetup” format proposed by the organizers, participants will engage in more active conversation. At the beginning of the session, speakers will start the conversation by presenting their perspectives on the topic, based on relevant work, research and/or personal experience. They will make a mapping effort in order to identify issues that have proven to be particularly sensitive for the LGBTQ community, such as anonymity and tools for discovering sexuality and gender identity online; access to information, particularly sexual health information; digital security and surveillance, hate speech, harassment and online gender-based violence; advocacy and movement building; and so on.

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Dennys Antonialli

Executive Director, InternetLab
Dennys Antonialli is the Executive Director of InternetLab, a think tank on internet law and policy based in São Paulo, Brazil. Between 2017 and 2018, Dennys was a Professor of Law at the Department of Public Law of the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law (USP), where he also... Read More →

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James Heighington

Global Head of Diversity Strategy, Google
James Heighington is Google’s Global Head of Diversity Strategy working to re-imagine the company’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Previously, Heighington was Chief Digital Officer at GLAAD where he founded a collaboration with Google’s parent company to combat... Read More →
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Thiago Oliva

Head of Research, InternetLab
Thiago Dias Oliva is a Ph.D. student in International Law at the University of São Paulo and head of research on freedom of expression at InternetLab, an independent research center based in São Paulo, Brazil. Thiago holds a master degree in Human Rights (2015) from the same university... Read More →

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