Breaking the digital sphere: a campaign to fight for protection of online spaces

When: Thursday 20 June 5:30-10pm
Where: The Law Society's Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Tickets: Free. Registration required via Eventbrite

Social media platforms wield immense control over the information we see online. With rising pressure from governments; and increasing reliance on algorithms, social media platforms are in danger of silencing millions of activists and marginalised groups across the world with content takedowns and blocked accounts.

You are invited to hear the views from our panellists and take part in a discussion that will shape ARTICLE19 campaign.

Our vision for the campaign is to safeguard freedom of expression online. This cannot be achieved without better accountability and transparency. We will be calling on social media platforms to respect due process guarantees and create clear and transparent mechanisms to enforce such guarantees. Some questions we will be discussing include:

● How content takedown and account deactivation is affecting activism?
● What is the scale of the problem and its impact on free speech?
● What is the role of authorities for content takedown on social media platforms?
● What can be done to improve accountability and transparency online?
● What can the campaign do to amplify voices of those seeking change?

Panelists

Thomas Hughes has been executive director of ARTICLE 19 since 2013. For the past two decades, Hughes has worked on human rights and media development issues, including as deputy director of International Media Support (IMS) between 2005 and 2010, as well as previously for the United Nations, European Commission and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Jennifer Robinson is a barrister in London. Her practice focuses on international law, free speech and civil liberties. She advises media organisations, journalists and whistle-blowers on all aspects of media law. Robinson serves as a trustee for the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, and sits on the advisory board of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Bonavero Human Rights Institute at the University of Oxford.

Pavel Marozau is a civic and internet activist. He was under politically motivated persecution by the Belarusian authorities for producing satirical animated films casting president Lukashenko, being accused of slandering the Belarusian president. During the Geneva Summit, Marozau founded a network of activists from Iran, Burma, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Egypt, as well as a founder of counter-propaganda web-television ARU TV.

Paulina Gutiérrez is an international human rights lawyer and internet freedom advocate in Latin America. She holds a degree in law and another one in international relations. During the last four years, Gutiérrez designed and developed the digital rights agenda for ARTICLE19 Mexico and Central America Regional Office. She’s also a member of INDELA’s Advisory Board and BENETECH’s Human Rights Program Advisory Board.

When: Thursday 20 June 5:30-10pm
Where: The Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Tickets: Free. Registration required via Eventbrite

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