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Thursday, May 17 • 10:30 - 11:45
Levelling the Playing Field: Partisan Political Expression in a Digital World

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The profound changes wrought by the digital communications revolution are posing an increasingly serious threat to free and fair elections. A central challenge is how to regulate politically partisan speech in the new environment in a way that promotes a level electoral playing field and yet respects freedom of expression. Traditional systems – campaign finance regimes, rules on balance and impartiality in the broadcast media and bans on foreign interference – are either easy to get around or increasingly less relevant. In addition, the dominant online platforms wield enormous powers over speech that could potentially be used to influence elections.

This session will explore these challenges, the impact they are having on free elections and what options there are for technical and/or legal/regulatory solutions that are effective and yet respect international standards on freedom of expression. This panel will be a rare chance for experts from different regions and disciplines to provide critical perspectives on these challenges and put forward new and innovative possible solutions.

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Toby Mendel

Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy
I have been a freedom of expression/right to information lawyer and activist for over 20 years with a lot of experience working at the international level and in countries in regions around the world. Perhaps my most important area of expertise is in terms of standard-setting where... Read More →

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Agnès Callamard

Secretary General, Amnesty International
Agnes Callamard is a human rights activist and scholar. She is the current Secretary General of Amnesty International and the Director of Columbia University’s project on Global Freedom of Expression. She has written extensively on human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements... Read More →
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Agustina Del Campo

Director, CELE UP
Agustina Del Campo directs the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information at Palermo University in Buenos Aires. She is a lawyer and LLM with a specialization in International Human Rights Law. She is a member of the GNI and the group of Experts at Columbia's... Read More →
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Portia Karegeya

Legal Officer, Centre for Law and Democracy
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David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. 

Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT