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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Warning! Access to the Internet Is Suspended for Security Reasons – A policy discussion on the effectiveness of Internet shutdowns

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Over the last decade, there has been a staggering increase in the number of Internet shutdowns. These have become a concern for everyone. People from all walks of life access the Internet for various purposes. A blanket ban to access the Internet on one segment of society not just impacts the targeted segment but it also disrupts the entire concept of the Internet. The one hour panel discussion on internet shutdowns will inform the participants about various ways in which the internet shutdowns disrupt lives. Governments justify internet shutdowns by citing public safety and public order concerns. From this panel of experts, participants will learn whether internet shutdowns achieve the desired outcomes intended by the government. The panelists will share personal stories and experiences to help participants understand this. Contributions from audience through suggestions, comments, questions or general remarks is critical to the success of our discussion. Interaction of this nature will make the discussion more informed and shape the path for good policy suggestions in this context.

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Prasanth Sugathan

Legal Director, SFLC.in
Prasanth Sugathan is a lawyer and the Legal Director at SFLC.IN.


Lisl Brunner

Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T
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Nighat Dad

Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
Nighat Dad is the ​Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Pakistan, She has run the DRF since it was established in 2012, and has been a practicing lawyer since 2007, where she worked on civil​,​ criminal​ and now cyber​ litigation... Read More →
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Alp Toker

Executive Director, NetBlocks
Alp is founder of the netblocks.org digital rights initiative and award-winning Turkey Blocks collective, and Sakharov Fellow for Freedom of Thought with the European Parliament. He works on freedom of expression online, digital transparency and policy tooling for internet governance... Read More →
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Jan Rydzak

Associate Director for Program, Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

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