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Friday, June 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Online Dissidence in the Global South

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The session seeks to foster discussion and collaboration between activists and human rights defenders in the global south around the issue of shrinking spaces on social media in the face of increasingly authoritative digital governance. As the move for greater state surveillance and censorship of social media continues to be met with the increasing compliance of social media companies to content restriction and user data requests, the fundamental rights of internet users in developing countries are increasingly threatened. It seeks to foster the development of innovative strategies, policies and solutions that can balance the need to regulate social media and respect cultural relativity online without obstructing freedom of expression and the global
flow and exchange of information.

The session will first give digital rights activists from countries such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Malaysia the opportunity to highlight and document context specific concerns and instances of online repression within global policy dialogue. The second half will focus on the dynamic relationship between governments and social media companies so that they can better position themselves to combat this emerging nexus. This includes discussing strategies to strengthen accountability and transparency of tech companies, and how legislation can be reformed to protect the rights of citizens, particularly the disenfranchised.

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Saleha Zahid

Researcher, Bolo Bhi

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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 →

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
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