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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
How Small Countries Survive: A human rights dilemma with respect to asymmetrical disinformation war

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Although disinformation make different problems based on different countries' contexts, but some small countries seem to face more serious harm due to the lack of counter resources no matter on Internet or physical world.(For example, for these countries, it's almost impossible to ask international corporation like Facebook to modify their policy) Sometimes what they face are not only the harm to democracy, but whether they can still exist as a country.

Under this kind of tough situation, the factor "national security" would be taken seriously considered no matter in government or civil society in order to protect the country’s own “democracy”. That also means that the government can be easier to claim that it is necessary to restrict the online speech, since the content restriction is not only the most effective way, but also few of ways that these countries have now. Therefore, this kind of measures would also easier to get the support from civil society (especially from progressive camp) than before.

Based on the above situation or limit resources these countries have, it’s really difficult for them (or their civil societies) to clearly determine the “red line” of free speech. In these session, we have panelists from Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tunisia. All panelist will share the situation or human rights difficulties they face in their own countries, and we welcome all participants could, if possible, figure out some solutions for the future together.

avatar for Ho Ming-Syuan

Ho Ming-Syuan

Project Manager, Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Hi, I'm project manager at Taiwan Association for Human Rights(TAHR), and conducts advocacy research on issues regarding privacy and freedom of expression for TAHR such as wiretapping, eID , ETC, health data, and intermediary liability.

Gabrielle Lim

Researcher, Data & Society Research Institute

Jiwon Son

Attorney, OpenNet Korea

Kanika Chhit

Digital Security Trainer/Auditor

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
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