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Turn It On and #KeepItOn: Connectivity and Shutdowns [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12


Making Regulatory Waves: A discussion on the need for collaborative spectrum management policy development
Currently, spaces for spectrum management policy development are designed to be limited to the participation of national regulators. As a result, there is little opportunity for other stakeholders to contribute their expertise to the development of innovative, rights-respecting policy approaches to overcoming entrenched obstacles to efficiency and connectivity in current spectrum management practices. Therefore, the main goal of this session is to bring regulators in conversation with experts in academia and civil society to exchange best practices and policy experiences on some of the major issues impacting the spectrum market today.

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Maureen Hernandez

Fellow on Access, Article19.
Internet access. ICT4D

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Sofie Maddens

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Steve Song

Fellow, Mozilla Foundation

Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Oya 2 (Laico)
Thursday, June 13


Does Social Media Deserve a Sin Tax? The impact of Internet service levies on human rights and sustainable development in Africa
Increasing incidents of taxing popular Internet services have occurred recently, including on social media use and voice of IP (VoIP) calls. While such measures are proposed for a variety of reasons, they could pose a significant threat to digital rights and make it more difficult for people to gain Internet access. This, in turn, can limit developing countries’ ability to harness the potential of the Internet for sustainable development. For example, a daily levy in Zambia applies to VoIP calls, while in Uganda online content providers must register and pay an annual fee, while users must pay a daily social media tax levy to access social media platforms. The session will examine recent work by APC and RIA, as well as other practitioners, to understand the impact of such mechanisms on digital inclusion, sustainable development, and human rights. Stakeholders from different communities will reflect on evidence from their respective regions on how taxations and deployed, and for what reasons. Finally, stakeholders will investigate the potential harms that may arise from imposing such levies in developing regions in particular, with the aim of making general recommendations for policymakers considering the use of such levies in Africa in the future.

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'Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a social enterprise that works on digital rights and digital inclusion across Africa, with offices in Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi... Read More →
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Eleanor Marchant

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy
I'm a researcher specializing in communication, technology innovation, and startup culture, internet policymaking, internet shutdowns, internet connectivity as a human right, and connectivity in conflict and crisis, particularly for refugees, with a focus on the African context.Will... Read More →

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


Measuring internet shutdowns
Censorship and internet shutdown measurement community play an integral role in identifying, documenting, and analyzing internet shutdowns and other forms of censorship. They help activists on the ground monitor and circumvent shutdowns. During this panel, we will bring together a diverse range of measurement community including VPN service providers to discuss how the measurement community can better help activists and victims of internet shutdowns and censorship better prepare for censorship incidents.

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Alberto Dainotti

Research Scientist, CAIDA, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Internet connectivity shutdowns / Internet outageshttps://ioda.caida.org/ioda/dashboard#from=-1w&until=nowTwitter: @caida_iodahttps://www.caida.org/~alberto/

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