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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Landmark: The Global State of Surveillance Tech - In Conversation with UN Special Rapporteurs

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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.

The use of surveillance tech to monitor and target activists, users at risk, human rights defenders, and journalists is a global issue. In the hands of authoritarian regimes, unchecked law enforcement agencies and bad actors, commercial malware and sophisticated cyber surveillance are enabling egregious violations of human rights, and existing mechanisms for justice are insufficient to hold perpetrators to account. When confronted, tech companies defer the responsibility of regulating their products to governments, and policymakers deflect (if not flat out deny) their culpability in expanding surveillance programs.

How do we formulate policy solutions which can be replicated across the globe? What do we need to do to create accountability and justice for those whose human rights have been abused at the hands of spyware?

The United Nations is a critical space for debating issues around human rights, technology, and surveillance. Over the past two years, several UN Special Rapporteurs have produced robust research on this topic, supported by numerous consultations with civil society. The next frontier is identifying how to use these findings for collective civil society action, with the aim of establishing clear international accountability for the commercial surveillance market and its detrimental impact on human rights. The discussion will also help to demystify UN processes, including the potential role of Special Rapporteurs and other supranational actors, for advocates and campaigners, and will raise awareness of forthcoming reports.

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Lucie Krahulcova

Policy Analyst, Access Now
Policy Analyst for Australia and Asia Pacific at the Access Now. Working on export controls, surveillance, government hacking, encryption, law enforcement, Internet of Things, vulnerability disclosure... Let's talk!

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Clément Nyaletsossi Voule

Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, United Nations
Clément Nyaletsossi VOULE, a national from Togo, has been appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association in March 2018. Prior to his appointment, he led the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) work to support... Read More →
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Michel Forst

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, United Nations
In June 2014, Mr. Michel Forst (France) was appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Mr. Forst has extensive experience on human rights issues, including human rights defenders, the rights of children... Read More →
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David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Prof. Kaye’s scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate... Read More →
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Agnès Callamard

UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions
Dr. Agnes Callamard was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions, on 1 August 2016. Dr. Callamard (France) has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally, in civil society organizations, the United Nations and... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
The BeeHive (Palais)