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Countering Online Harassment and Hate Speech and Violent Extremism [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12
 

9:00am

Building the First Global Perceptions of Gender and Online Violence
The Global Perceptions of Gender and Online Violence (GP-GOV) is the first ever perceptions-based truly global study on the topic of online gender-based violence to be conducted. Over 30,000 citizens from 15 developing countries will share their opinions as part of this study, making it the largest and most unique in the space of online gender-based violence. RightsCon will be one of the first platforms the GP-GOV data will be shared at, and all attendees are invited to participate in the discussion on how to further reduce and ultimately prevent online gender-based violence. This session will begin with a short overview of the GP-GOV project by the project partners: ABA ROLI, USAID, and RIWI Corp., who will highlight key findings from the analysis. Following this, a facilitated discussion between panelists will take place on the necessity of listening to citizens and engaging those who are typically not heard from on a topic that touches many people. The audience will be invited and encouraged to participate in this discussion, opening the floor to everyone’s thoughts not just on the data from the first GP-GOV study, but on how they envision and recommend the GP-GOV taking shape to span across the world.

Moderators
avatar for Alix Lawson

Alix Lawson

Program Officer, Freedom House
I am the Program Officer at Freedom House for the Human Rights Support Mechanism, an LWA under USAID for human rights programming. My interests include human rights work and its intersection with technology.

Speakers
avatar for Mercedes Fogarassy

Mercedes Fogarassy

Portfolio Manager, Global Citizen Engagement, RIWI Corp.
Mercedes manages the Global Citizen Engagement portfolio at RIWI Corp., focusing on amplifying citizen voices for partners in the humanitarian sector, including the World Food Programme, USAID, Oxfam, Freedom House and more.RIWI is a global survey technology and sentiment analysis... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Parr

Teresa Parr

U.S. Agency for International Development


Wednesday June 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Leptis (Laico)

10:30am

Change the Terms: Approaches for addressing a new era of hate online
This session aims to bring together experts in right-wing extremism and academics who study the role of the internet in propagating extremism to engage with an audience of internet company leaders, regulators, and civil society organizations dealing with the impact of toxic online content on their constituents. The workshop will feature a presentation of policy recommendations from a coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations designed to address hateful activity on online platforms. These policy recommendations come on the heels of another year of deadly violence from the far-right, much of which can be linked to online pathways. Online propaganda hubs are the new normal when it comes to how hate groups recruit and radicalize new members. These hubs include websites and forums, but are now more commonly comprised of social media platforms and chat services. The increasingly decentralized nature of online recruitment and radicalization makes the monitoring and tracking of these organizations and individuals more difficult than ever before. This places a new importance on online companies to adopt effective policies and procedures for mitigating the threat they pose.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Heidi Beirich

Heidi Beirich

Director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
I run the SPLC's program that tracks the activities of right-wing extremists in the US and abroad.
avatar for Henry Fernandez

Henry Fernandez

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Henry Fernandez is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he writes, researches and develops policies on civil rights, immigrant justice, the internet, elections and urban communities.
avatar for Gaurav Laroia

Gaurav Laroia

Policy Counsel, Free Press
avatar for Megan Squire

Megan Squire

Professor of Computer Science, Elon University
Inventing techniques for massive, passive data mining and OSINT to understand extremism and hate in online spaces.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Carthage 1 (Laico)

1:00pm

Equality Labs Press Conference for the release of "Facebook India: Towards the Tipping Point of Violence. Casteist and Religious Hate Speech on the platform."
This press conference will cover the highlights of Equality Labs' new report Facebook India: Towards the Tipping Point of Violence. The report features data and analysis from a four-month research project monitoring caste, religious, and gendered hate speech in Facebook India. One of the critical findings of this report is that Facebook India has failed to provide a safe platform for caste, religious, and gender minorities and the press, with a disturbing volume of hate speech, disinformation, and calls to violence against them allowed to remain on the platform. The press conference will break down some of the report's findings as well as provide an opportunity for journalists to ask questions for more insight into the challenges of Facebook's largest market.

Speakers
avatar for Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi is an artist, activist, and technologist with Equality Labs., Equality Labs
Equality Labs


Wednesday June 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Utique (Laico)

2:15pm

Ending Impunity for Online Violence Against Women in Politics
The United States Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Affairs affirms that “[o]ffline and online violence is a barrier to women and girls’ access to ICTs and the internet, and their broader human rights, stifling freedoms of expression, association and assembly.” Online violence against women in politics is an especially damaging violation of internet freedom, because it is intended to silence women’s voices and prevent them from exercising their civic and political rights. This session discussion brings together some of the leading activists and researchers in this field to discuss how online violence against women in politics threatens internet freedom and how digital advocacy, legal responses and awareness campaigns worldwide are engaging to protect the internet freedom of women who exercise their civil and political rights. Speakers will share their ongoing work with digital activists, women’s community organizations and law enforcement in dozens of low- and middle-income countries worldwide to address this issue, as well as their research and work with national and international policy development.

Moderators
avatar for Gina Chirillo

Gina Chirillo

Gender Program Officer, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Gina Chirillo is the Gender Program Officer at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where she provides technical assistance to IFES' work empowering women in politics and promoting inclusive elections. Chirillo joined IFES as a Research Officer in the Center... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Avery Davis-Roberts

Avery Davis-Roberts

Associate Director, Democracy Program, The Carter Center


Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Elydhafa (Laico)

3:45pm

Collective Solutions for Catalyzing Change to Address Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence: An interactive workshop
Technology-facilitated gender-based violence (GBV) is simultaneously a global and intensely local phenomenon. Technology allows for connection – and violence – to transcend geographical space. At the same time, the catalysts, impacts, and manifestations of violence are informed by relationships, culture, and gender norms. This makes technology-facilitated GBV a many-headed hydra that is difficult to define and identify, much less address and prevent. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has developed a definition and conceptual framework for technology-facilitated GBV, based on an extensive literature review and formative research with global experts and those who have experienced it in Uganda and India. For our session, we propose an interactive workshop that will engage participants to learn about the issue and begin to think about actionable next steps for addressing it. In the first half of the workshop, we will introduce to this issue and our findings so far. We will share our definition and conceptual framework, which will allow participants to build their vocabulary around this issue. In the second half, we will foster rich discussions in small groups around potential solutions.

Moderators
LH

Laura Hinson

Social and Behavioral Scientist, International Center for Research on Women

Speakers

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Carthage 2 (Laico)

5:15pm

Biometric Technologies and Data as Tools for the ‘Responsible’ and ‘Proper’ Identification of Terrorists: A human rights inventory
The distinct value and practical benefits of the use of biometric data is increasingly acknowledged and emphasized in counter-terrorism regulation, as also reflected in the quasi-regulatory efforts by the UN Security Council requiring States in its resolution 2396 to “develop and implement systems to collect biometric data”. Despite the rapid advance of biometric technology and its widespread usage, human rights analysis and guidance on its use remains limited and underdeveloped. Prominently, while resolution 2396 calls on States to implement their obligations relating to biometric data collection in compliance with human rights law, it does not provide specific guidance on how to achieve this nor does it set any human rights benchmarks. 

The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School supports the work of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. In this capacity, the Center assists the Special Rapporteur in developing a set of principles on the human rights- compliant collection, acquisition, retention, processing and sharing of biometric data in the context of preventing and countering terrorism.

This session will constitute an integral part of the consultation process conducted by the Special Rapporteur’s mandate. Aimed at bridging this knowledge gap and drawing on the multidisciplinary and cross-regional expertise of participants, it will focus on mapping out salient human rights implications of the use of biometric technologies and data and explore existing good practices and lessons learned.

Moderators
avatar for Krisztina Huszti-Orban

Krisztina Huszti-Orban

Research fellow/ Senior Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights, University of Minnesota
Krisztina is a research fellow and lecturer in law at the Human Rights Center of the University of Minnesota. She also serves as senior legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
El Jem (Laico)

5:15pm

Free Speech Or Hate Speech: Should Online Due Diligence Change?
New hate groups are appearing in rapid, successive fashion. When the public is outraged at you as a provider, how do you determine if a new group on your network is a hate group? How much research do you do as a provider to determine if they have violated your terms of service agreement - yet? This session will discuss difficult real and possible scenarios. We’ll show how Internet companies can set clear and open criteria around acceptable usage.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Milton Mueller is the O.G. of I.G. He directs the Internet Governance Project, a center for research and engagement on global Internet governance. Mueller's books Will the Internet Fragment? (Polity, 2017), Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press... Read More →
avatar for Alissa Starzak

Alissa Starzak

Head of Public Policy, Cloudflare


Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Celtic (Palais)

5:15pm

The Incomplete Guide to Harassment Campaigns; Focusing on Harassment Outside of the Global North
The Incomplete but Growing List of Harassment Campaigns is an initiative to document and analyze harassment campaigns in social media. So far, the list spans over a hundred cases from 2002 to now, and is starting to distill and analyze political harassment campaigns on social networks, hoaxes, targeted harassment campaigns and campaigns that can be a mixture of political and targeted harassment, or are all of the above. Caroline, with Rima Sghaier, are expanding this resource focus on harassment campaigns beyond North America, and Europe. Harassment campaigns are a global phenomena, that affects those that are marginalized. Let's build resources and a repository of experiences that center on stories beyond white women's harassment. This session, will function like a roundtable, will focus on the list itself, and then how to document harassment in a kind of leaks initiatives. This session will also function like a workshop and will be open for people to submit harassment campaigns that are not well covered, or well known. Part of the session will involve ideating on how to create better transparency and coverage on online harassment cases outside of the Western world, better ways to collect and verify cases, and recommendations for platform improvement.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Limes (Laico)
 
Thursday, June 13
 

9:00am

Feeding Trolls in the Marketplace of Ideas
We will offer knowledge from specific efforts to respond to hatred online, and then facilitate a brainstorm among all attendees. First, Dr. Cathy Buerger will describe a handful of key anti-hatred efforts from around the world, based on more than a year of research and interviews with their leaders. Two founders of anti-hatred efforts will then speak about their own active and influential projects.

Mina Dennert, an Iranian-born Swedish journalist, was deeply dispirited by the surge of hatred online in Sweden that followed the arrival of many refugees to Europe in 2015. She founded a group to respond to hatred collectively, wrote a set of rules strictly governing the tone of the group’s posts, and called it Jagärhär, or ”I am here.” The idea went viral, attracting 75,000 members, and Jagärhär has since been replicated in 13 other countries.

Logan Smith founded the popular Twitter account @YesYoureRacist in 2012, which has grown from a lighthearted way to poke fun at people who say “I’m not racist but…” to a major online presence in today’s fight against hate speech. In 2017, Logan was instrumental in identifying several of the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia. By day, he is the communications director for Progress NC Action, a progressive nonprofit in Raleigh, North Carolina.

After these brief and provocative talks, the moderator will invite the entire group to offer specific ideas from their own responses to hatred online - or those they have witnessed. Finally we will invite ideas for future projects and collaborations.

Moderators
avatar for Tonei Glavinic

Tonei Glavinic

Director of Operations, Dangerous Speech Project
Tonei Glavinic (they/them) is an educator, activist, and nonprofit management expert based in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to working with the Dangerous Speech Project since 2011, Tonei also supports and facilitates educational programs for Northwestern University's Civic Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Buerger

Catherine Buerger

Senior Researcher, Dangerous Speech Project
I am a Senior Researcher at the Dangerous Speech Project in Washington, DC. Trained as an anthropologist, my work focuses on civil society and human rights responses to harmful speech.
avatar for Mina Dennert

Mina Dennert

Founder, The #iamhere network
Mina Dennert is a Swedish writer, journalist, and the founder of the #iamhere network, which has inspired over a hundred thousand people from all over the world to stand up and work for a democratic and inclusive society. Through the Facebook groups of the same name, members counteract... Read More →
avatar for Logan Smith

Logan Smith

Communications Director, Progress North Carolina
Logan Smith runs the popular Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, which has grown from a lighthearted way to poke fun at people who say “I’m not racist but…” when it was created in 2012, to a major online presence in today’s fight against hate speech. In 2017, Logan was instrumental... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Biscay (Palais)

9:00am

Lightning Talks: What's in a name? Tracking terror and digital threats
MRAs, Incels and More: Should They Be Included Under Violent Extremists? (Breakthrough Trust)

Description: This session will be talking about gender based violence on the internet and the impact it can have offline. It ties in with the current debate around violent extremism and why, though there is a lot of literature around violent extremists in cases of religion or racial politics, there is surprisingly little in terms of gender. This is despite the fact that gender actually plays a very crucial role in many cases of violent extremism and by ignoring it, we miss the gendered nuances of violence. This is despite the fact that the in the last few years, there has been a recognition of figures and communities online which actively propagate violence against women as a ideology and yet face little consequences for it. Examples can range from people like Roosh V, Eliot Rodgers (the man behind the Isle Vista killings) and to the everyday average troll. With our experience working in India, we will also be referring to the Indian specific context to this issue. Attendees can expect an open minded discussion on this topic and a push towards greater sensitivity and understanding of gender based violence on the internet.

Speaker: Saswati Chatterjee

The use of biometric data to identify terrorists: best practice or risky business? (University of Minnesota)

Description: Developing and implementing tools aimed at reliably identifying terrorist groups and individual terrorists has long been one of the cornerstones of counter-terrorism action. Collection and exchange of information related to the movement of such persons has increasingly been prioritized with the rise of the ‘foreign fighters’ phenomenon, in particular as a response to the perceived change in the international risk environment linked to having such foreign fighters, formerly affiliated with ISIL, its satellites and other groups, return to their countries of origin or travel to other conflict zones.

To address relevant challenges, the Security Council adopted resolution 2396 requiring, among others, that States “develop and implement systems to collect biometric data […] in order to responsibly and properly identify terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters”. This session will explore implications of the obligation to use biometric technologies and data as a counter-terrorism measure by 1) addressing the ramifications of the legislative action by the Council from the point of view of global governance and the rule of law, and 2) outline relevant human rights concerns with particular emphasis of the impact of over-broad definitions of terrorism and related offenses in this regard; and challenges linked to data-sharing, including across borders.

Speaker: Krisztina Huszti-Orban

How a nationwide phishing campaign in Venezuela continues to put dissidents at risk (Venezuela Inteligente)

A portal associated with the Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guaidó, was created to register volunteers interested in helping with the distribution of humanitarian aid. It has become a target of a phishing campaign led by those aligned with the Nicolás Maduro government.

We detected that CANTV, the largest internet service provider in Venezuela owned by the government of Nicolás Maduro, was redirecting users visiting the website to another server hosting a visually identical malicious website which is not owned or controlled by the legitimate site administrators of voluntariosxvenezuela.com. we estimate that tens of thousands of people submitted their data to the malicious cloned website.

We were able to verify that the redirection to the malicious website happened even when using DNS servers that were not CANTV servers (like, when using Google’s 8.8.8.8) using DNS response injection. Our research also directly attributed the campaign to two government institutions. In addition, our research also discovered multiple domains that are similar to social media sites and popular websites that could be used in future phishing campaigns (or have been used already) to collect user data.

The personal data collected used to fuel further victimization by publishing personal details and using them to fuel fake news.These developments are worrying because they point to an increased sophistication in digital attacks linked to and originating from the government of Nicolás Maduro. This dramatically increases the need for both users and website administrators to take preventative measures to avoid falling into this type or similar phishing campaigns.

SpeakerAndrés E. Azpúrua

Speakers
avatar for Krisztina Huszti-Orban

Krisztina Huszti-Orban

Research fellow/ Senior Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights, University of Minnesota
Krisztina is a research fellow and lecturer in law at the Human Rights Center of the University of Minnesota. She also serves as senior legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The BeeHive (Palais)

10:30am

"Challenge Hate” - Countering “hate speech” against LGBTQ people in MENA
“Challenge Hate” - Countering “hate speech” against LGBTQ people in MENA is a report that presents conclusions and observations from monitoring public discourse about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, using illustrative case studies drawn from the period 2011 to 2017. The nature of public discourse in the target countries is worrying, as narratives around sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as sexual and gender expression, are largely dominated and therefore shaped by cisgendered heterosexual men. “Hate speech” against persons on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity was observed in all five countries, reflecting and reinforcing legal, political, social, cultural and economic discrimination, which in all cases could be characterized as institutionalized and systemic. Also, Media coverage of LGBTQ people, though sparse, was almost always negative, employing derogatory or inaccurate language to describe LGBTQ people. Although online spaces have afforded LGBTQ people degrees of anonymity allowing them to access and share information and form relationships in ways that were previously impossible, these spaces also carry significant discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people, recorded and shared online, creating public outrage supportive of LGBTQ people.

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Amilcar (Laico)

10:30am

Imagine an Internet Free From Hate...It’s Easy If You Try: A strategy workshop on combating gender-based hate speech online
Opening with two 5-minute lightning talks by IT for Change and InternetLab on their reflections about the contextual manifestations and key challenges of addressing gender-based hate speech online in India and Brazil, this session seeks to catalyse an open brainstorming and an informed and engaged multistakeholder dialogue amongst participants, to strengthen our collective understanding on the following issues: a. Mapping the specific gaps in current knowledge about how intersecting gender and social prejudice in different contexts leads to specific manifestations of online hate speech and identification of areas for future research in this domain b. Exchange of ideas on legal, policy and community action, to address this issue, including: - overhaul of legal frameworks (How can pre-digital laws on gender-based violence as well as digital rights tackle the issue?) - articulation of the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries (How can social media platforms step up context-sensitive application of global community standards?) We solicit participation from all stakeholders - civil society actors, representatives of Internet intermediaries, technical community members, and also government officials.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Thiago Oliva

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 →
avatar for Mariana Valente

Mariana Valente

Director, InternetLab
Director of InternetLab, where I do research around human rights and the Internet; Internet regulation; Gender and Tech; Access to knowledge and Copyright.


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Adean (Palais)

10:30am

Moderate Bias? Exploring anti-bias training in the context of online content moderation
Unconscious bias has a powerful impact on individuals in any work environment, but the magnitude, frequency and velocity of the decisions made every day by individuals responsible for content moderation on social media or gaming platforms increases that impact many times over. ADL will bring its experts on anti-bias education to the table with the tech and human rights community to explore the application of anti-bias education concepts in the context of online content moderation in an effort to shape thinking around a form of anti-bias training aimed specifically at content moderators of online platforms.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Kelley

Daniel Kelley

Associate Director, Center for Technology and Society, ADL
Ensuring justice and fair treatment to all in digital environments. Challenging hate, bias and harassment in games, the game community and the game industry.

Speakers
NS

Nicola Straker

Education Director, NY/NJ, ADL


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Carthage 2 (Laico)

12:00pm

Safety of Female Journalists Online: #SOFJO panel
While emerging technologies enable a plurality of voices to be expressed online, across the globe, online threats and calls for violence raise the stakes for women speaking, blogging, writing and reporting in the public sphere every day. Four years ago, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) initiated the Safety of Female Journalists Online (#SOFJO) project to raise awareness and provide tools and resources for journalists who have been targets of online abuse. In the last years several political commitments adopted at the international level underline the specific risks faced by female voices online and acknowledging the need for a systematic gender-sensitive approach. It is clear, however, that much still needs to be done, as online abuse continues to endanger media pluralism and, as a result, democracy as such.

This two-part session will include a screening of the documentary ‘A Dark Place’ that was launched in December 2018 by the RFoM, together with the International Press Institute. The film highlights the experiences of female journalists who have been affected by online harassment, in a bid to raise awareness of the problem and inspire change. Prior to the screening – which will take place from 1-2pm – we’ll hear from experts from international and civil society organizations, as well as from women journalists themselves. The objective of this panel – taking place from 12-1pm – is to explore the specific type of online abuse against female journalists and the differentiated response needed from the international community, to find practical solutions to ensure equal access and participation of women and all marginalized voices online, in order to guarantee that a plurality of voices is heard online and democracy can thrive.

Moderators
avatar for Deniz Yazici

Deniz Yazici

Adviser, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Speakers
avatar for Arzu Geybullayeva

Arzu Geybullayeva

Journalist, Freelance
Regional analyst, correspondent, and columnist. Former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) and Central Asia Azerbaijan Fellow at George Washington University. Main areas of interest include human rights, advocacy, press freedom, and more recently... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Bramon

Betsy Bramon

Principal, Kronia Collaborative
Betsy Bramon, is an interdisciplinary social impact consultant. With a multifaceted background as a donor, policy maker, service provider, and advocate, she works with nonprofits, tech-startups, private foundations and community groups to help teams achieve social good, from the inside... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Celtic (Palais)

1:00pm

Safety of Female Journalists Online: A Dark Place film screening
– Continuation of Safety of Female Journalists Online: #SOFJO panel (12-1pm) –

While emerging technologies enable a plurality of voices to be expressed online, across the globe, online threats and calls for violence raise the stakes for women speaking, blogging, writing and reporting in the public sphere every day. Four years ago, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) initiated the Safety of Female Journalists Online (#SOFJO) project to raise awareness and provide tools and resources for journalists who have been targets of online abuse. In the last years several political commitments adopted at the international level underline the specific risks faced by female voices online and acknowledging the need for a systematic gender-sensitive approach. It is clear, however, that much still needs to be done, as online abuse continues to endanger media pluralism and, as a result, democracy as such.

This two-part session will include a screening of the documentary ‘A Dark Place’ that was launched in December 2018 by the RFoM, together with the International Press Institute. The film highlights the experiences of female journalists who have been affected by online harassment, in a bid to raise awareness of the problem and inspire change. Prior to the screening – which will take place from 1-2pm – we’ll hear from experts from international and civil society organizations, as well as from women journalists themselves. The objective of this panel – taking place from 12-1pm – is to explore the specific type of online abuse against female journalists and the differentiated response needed from the international community, to find practical solutions to ensure equal access and participation of women and all marginalized voices online, in order to guarantee that a plurality of voices is heard online and democracy can thrive.

Moderators
avatar for Deniz Yazici

Deniz Yazici

Adviser, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Speakers
avatar for Arzu Geybullayeva

Arzu Geybullayeva

Journalist, Freelance
Regional analyst, correspondent, and columnist. Former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) and Central Asia Azerbaijan Fellow at George Washington University. Main areas of interest include human rights, advocacy, press freedom, and more recently... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Bramon

Betsy Bramon

Principal, Kronia Collaborative
Betsy Bramon, is an interdisciplinary social impact consultant. With a multifaceted background as a donor, policy maker, service provider, and advocate, she works with nonprofits, tech-startups, private foundations and community groups to help teams achieve social good, from the inside... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Celtic (Palais)

2:15pm

Violence and Harassment: Navigating the hazardous online world for women in North Africa
This session will highlight how women in North Africa are impacted by violence and harassment online, and the broader impact this then has on the participation of women in important online forums. The session will also highlight effective strategies grassroots women’s groups can utilise to better equip their communities to combat threats women in the region face online. It is rare for grassroots women’s groups in North Africa - from rural and remote communities - to interface directly with the technology and digital security community. This session will create a space that allows frontline women’s rights groups and technologists to engage with each other directly, share learning, and form alliances that will help ensure the safety and participation of women online into the future.


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

3:45pm

Combating harassment of women journalists in extremism-ridden online spaces
This session will highlight findings about the nature of online harassment against women journalists where there are prevalent extreme right-wing and left-wing voices. Drawing on information gathered by CPJ from journalists around the globe, the roundtable discussion will be explore possible solutions and approaches for tackling these challenges. It will open with an overview of CPJ’s most recent research and findings about online harassment against women journalists. This will focus on four countries with prominent extremist communities: Italy, India, Brazil, and South Africa. The presentation will unpack the nature of these gendered threats, and the experiences of the journalists on the receiving end. These findings will anchor the discussion, which will seek to identify both recommendations and an understanding of resources available from the diverse group of participants. A focus on solutions-oriented, pragmatic approach to understanding how organizations can better support women journalists in a variety of contexts, CPJ will share the responses of both newsrooms and individuals from the countries studied, and invite others to share their own findings and solutions.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Utique (Laico)
 
Friday, June 14
 

9:00am

Don't Stand So Close to Me: Curbing harassment in virtual reality and emergent media
This session will be a workshop for experts in both new media and online targeting, designed to brainstorm about the next frontier in cyber harassment. We will discuss the characteristics of trolling, harassment, and targeting -- and what can be learned from how these currently operate that would be applicable toward curtailing harassment in behavioral-based virtual worlds. The workshop is designed for experts in online harassment and emergent media, who will share and generate new ideas about how online harassment will function in non-text based environments, like gaming, VR/AR/XR, and image-based media.

Moderators
avatar for Brittan Heller

Brittan Heller

Senior Associate, Human Rights Initiative, CSIS
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law, and is an expert on content moderation and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She is the founder of the Center for Digital Civil Rights, an innovation lab for human and civil rights... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Adean (Palais)

9:00am

Democratising religious discourse through technology
This session seeks an open discussion from the participants on the following issues: A. How does technology aid in the exercise of right to religion or belief? B. What are the ways in which hate speech laws are used to target vulnerable speakers? C. Are hate speech and religion specific expression laws effective or acceptable when applied to online spaces? C. How can we engage with the Rabat Action Plan and the Istanbul process to incorporate online and gender related challenges? D. Are there opportunities to work out better ways in which online platforms can deal with hate speech, political censorship and other forms of intimidation of speakers online? Specifically, how can online platforms engage better with these issues in the Global South? E. What are the significant and creative counter speech movements in Asia and what has been their contribution?

Moderators
avatar for Gayatri Khandhadai

Gayatri Khandhadai

Asia policy regional coordinator,, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Speakers

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:30pm
Limes (Laico)

10:30am

Mapping the Response to ICT Facilitated Violence Against Women in Morocco and Tunisia: Grassroots-level action research
In this session, representatives from grassroots level women’s rights NGOs in Morocco will present the methodology, findings and analysis from community-level action research on TFGBV. The research was launched in September 2018 and a final report will be published in June 2019. Topics to be discussed include:

• The participatory methodology and research tools used (interviews, focus groups, on-line questionnaire)
•    Forms of TFGBV reported by women
•    Impacts of TFGBV
•    Responses in law and reality by State actors (law enforcement, justice system and health care)
•    Responses in law and reality by providers (phone companies, social media platforms)

In addition, representatives of two local Tunisian NGOs will share their experiencing managing cases of TFGBV and describe key stakeholder responses to date in Tunisia. The discussion will also address the timely issue of the recently enacted VAW laws in both Morocco and Tunisia that criminalize certain forms of TFGBV. Participants will be invited to share their own research on TFGBV, comment on the potential effectiveness of the new laws, and make proposals for additional research and follow-up actions. To support post conference follow-up, we will also distribute practical materials and handouts in Arabic, French and English.

مسح خرائطي عن كيفية الإجابة عن العنف الممارس ضد النساء بواسطة تكنولوجيا المعلومات و الاتصال في المغرب وتونس: بحث-عملي على المستوى المحلي

خلال هذه الدورة، ستقدم ممثلات عن المنظمات غير الحكومية المحلية المعنية بحقوق النساء في المغرب، المنهجية، النتائج والتحليلات المستمدة من البحث-العمل المجتمعي بشأن العنف ضد النساء بواسطة تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات.
انطلق البحث في شتنبر 2018 وسيتم نشر تقرير نهائي في يونيو 2019.

المواضيع التي ستناقش تتضمن:
•    المنهجية التشاركية و الوسائل المعتمدة في البحث (مقابلات، مجموعات نقاش، استمارة إلكترونية)
•    أشكال العنف ضد النساء بواسطة تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات.
•    انعكاسات العنف ضد النساء بواسطة تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات.
•    الإجابات الواردة في القانون وانطلاقا من واقع الجهات الفاعلة في الدولة (قوى الأمن، نظام العدالة والخدمات الصحية)
•    الإجابات الواردة في القانون وانطلاقا من واقع مقدمي الخدمات (شركات الاتصال و منصات التواصل الاجتماعي)

بالإضافة إلى ذلك ، سيشارك ممثلو المنظمات غير الحكومية التونسية المحلية تجربتهم في قضايا العنف ضد النساء بواسطة تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات وسيصفون ردود أصحاب المصلحة الرئيسيين حتى الآن في تونس.
ستركز المناقشة أيضًا على مستجدات القوانين التي تم سنها مؤخرًا في المغرب وتونس، والتي تجرم بعض أشكال العنف ضد النساء بواسطة تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات.
سيتم دعوة المشاركين لتقاسم و مشاركة الأبحاث التي أنجزوها حول هذا العنف والتعليق على الفعالية المحتملة للقوانين الجديدة وتقديم مقترحات لتعميق البحت حول الموضوع مع أنشطة للمتابعة.
لتسهيل المتابعة و الخطوات المقبلة بعد المؤتمر، سنقوم أيضًا بتوزيع آليات عملية ووثائق بالعربية والفرنسية والإنجليزية.

Moderators
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Saida Kouzzi

MRA Mobilising for Rights Associates

Speakers
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abdou bouchra

Directrice, Association Tahadi
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Mounira Balghouthi

activiste tunisienne; chercheuse doctorante en Philosophie du genre dans l’ère numérique
activiste tunisienne; chercheuse doctorante en Philosophie du genre dans l’ère numérique à l'université Tunis el-Manar . titulaire d'une Master en recherche philosophique sur " la Sémiologie de la communication et pouvoir de l'image numérique : le terrorisme comme modèle... Read More →


Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Leptis (Laico)

12:00pm

The anatomy of tech-related Violence Against Women
ARTICLE 19 will launch our pilot "Anatomy of Tech-related VAW" which brings together years of mapping and consultations of the issue, ranging from the architecture of the Internet, the role of companies and governments, to society-driven factors in an attempt for all of us to become better coordinated across sectors, nationally and globally. In this session we will walk participants through the Anatomy and show how it can be used for strategic planning, advocacy and campaigning. In our Community Booth we will crowdsource input so that the Anatomy can be adapted to remain as relevant as possible in a quickly changing environment.

Moderators
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Emma Hunter

ARTICLE 19

Speakers

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cyrene (Laico)

1:00pm

I'm Not My Body
I'm Not My Body is a short feature film about an Iranian TV presenter whose his nude photos are going viral on social media.

Speakers
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Nima Akbarpour

Presenter, Producer, BBC
BBC Persian Technology Show presenter and producer Filmmaker and screenwriter Interested about new technologies, media, startups and internet freedom@nima on Twitter


Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oya 1 (Laico)

2:15pm

Addressing Hate Speech Online: Recipes for a rights-based approach
Violent Extremism fueled by hate speech in many media remains a problem of critical importance affecting many regions in the world. Societies face serious challenges in trying to respond to these threats. The private sector plays a key role in this, and States increasingly are requesting ICT businesses to take measures such as blocking, filtering or removing content and user accounts. Companies, partly in response to such calls for action, appear to intensify their efforts to combat “extremist” messages and hate speech, often in cooperation with States agencies.

L'extrémisme violent alimenté par le discours de haine dans de nombreux médias reste un problème d'une importance cruciale dans nombreuses régions du monde. Dans leurs tentatives de répondre à ces menaces, les différentes sociétés font face à de sérieux défis. Dans ce contexte, le secteur privé joue un rôle clé à cet égard et les Etats demandent de plus en plus aux entreprises du secteur des TIC de prendre des mesures telles que le blocage, le filtrage ou la suppression de contenu et de comptes d'utilisateurs. De leur côté, les entreprises, en partie en réponse à de tels appels à l'action, semblent intensifier leurs efforts pour lutter contre les messages « extrémistes » et les discours de haine, souvent en coopération avec les acteurs étatiques.


Friday June 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Celtic (Palais)

2:15pm

SWOTing the Christchuch Call
The Christchurch Call (https://www.christchurchcall.com) was supported by by 17 nations and a number of technology companies on 15 May 2019. This public session about the Call will have three parts to it.

First, we will have a panel of diverse stakeholders talking about the Call and their perspectives on the Call, the process to create it, and what they want to see happen now.

Secondly, we will then all get out our pens, post-it notes and get SWOT’ing (identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). Following on from the Voices for Action, we seek to identify the key concerns for civil society organisations, the protection and promotion of human rights online in diverse regions, and the evolution of the Internet.

Finally, we will come back together, reflect on the opportunities we have identified and some of the key concerns and outstanding questions we, as civil society, have about the Christchurch Call. We will consider constructive ways and next steps for helping to ensure the Call’s positive potential is harnessed rather than the risks it also introduces for human rights and sustainable development.  

Speakers
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Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rebecca MacKinnon is a leading advocate for digital freedom of expression and privacy around the world. Author of the award-winning book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012), she is founding Director of the Ranking Digital Rights... Read More →
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Ben Creet

Policy Manager, InternetNZ
Ben Creet is InternetNZ’s policy manager and one of New Zealand’s leading technology policy specialists. He leads a team of policy professionals who work for an Internet that is secure, open, and for all New Zealanders.Ben is a policy analyst, cyber-security professional and technology... Read More →


Friday June 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Carthage 1 (Laico)

2:15pm

Tackling Terrorist Use of the Internet: A roadmap to holistic and human rights compliant solutions
This session will shed light on the terrorist use of the internet and aim to find ways to respond to this threat in a manner which is compliant with international human rights law. As a public-private partnership, we want to include a diverse range of speakers from the tech, civil society, and public sector in this important discussion. Our session will aim to provide concrete ideas and solutions on how we can effectively tackle terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights, and specifically how cross-sector collaboration can support tech companies in this fight. We all know what the problems are - let us instead focus on how we can collaborate to fight this threat in a responsible manner.

Moderators
Friday June 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
L'Escale (Laico)