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Friday, May 18 • 12:00 - 13:15
Can global digital rights survive Europe's Copyright Directive?

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The European Union has a strong reputation for protection of privacy, free speech and the rule of law. Its rules on the liability of internet companies are among the best in the world and have been widely copied.

Now, the proposed EU Copyright Directive seeks to create legal chaos by re-defining the EU's liability rules, re-defining hosting services as publishers and demanding measures such as mandatory surveillance of all uploads and filtering of any content identified by rightsholders.

Participants will learn about the current stage of the decision-making process in the EU, with reactions from speakers with diverse geographical and legal perspectives, as well as contributing their own perspectives.

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Joe McNamee

Executive Director, European Digital Rights

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Renata Avila

Senior Digital Rights Advisor, World Wide Web Foundation - Public Citizen Consultant
Renata Avila, (Guatemalan), is an international Human Rights lawyer, specialising in the next wave of technological challenges to preserve and advance our rights, and better understand the politics of data and their implications on trade, democracy and society. She is a 2020 Stanford... Read More →
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Burcu Kilic

Director, Digital Rights Program, Public Citizen
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Abby Vollmer

Policy Manager, GitHub

Friday May 18, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT