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Friday, May 18 • 12:00 - 13:15
Tactics for advancing digital rights in developing economies and challenging political contexts: an RDR perspective

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Digital rights advocacy is more challenging in some countries than others: authorities may not abide by established human rights principles, and developing economies may lack resources to ensure the implementation of good human rights respecting policies. The Ranking Digital Rights project examines privacy and freedom of expression rights from the perspective of corporate transparency and accountability, generating data and analysis about the policies of private companies. In these contexts, the private sector—especially multinational companies—can sometimes be more responsive to stakeholder engagement and public pressure than governments.

This session will bring together panelists who are working to adapt the RDR methodology to local contexts. Their works cover countries including China, Russia, and regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

In this session, researchers and advocates will discuss how RDR’s methodology can be used within the framework of digital rights movements in developing economies and challenging political environments. We seek to highlight core takeaways from RDR for, and connections with, the broader field of transparency and accountability.

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Laura Reed

Research and Engagement Manager, Ranking Digital Rights

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Sergei Hovyadinov

Senior Research Fellow, Ranking Digital Rights
Sergei Hovyadinov is a senior research fellow with Ranking Digital Rights, working on the evaluation of the role of internet intermediaries in autocratic regimes. He is a doctoral candidate at Stanford Law School. His research focuses on the evolution of state control over the internet... Read More →
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Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontieres
I work at the intersection of Tech, Human Rights, Business.I am a lawyer, and the Executive Director of Internet Without Borders, an organisation defending digital rights, and an open Internet for all.
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Benjamin Zhou

Project Manager, Hong Kong Transparency Report
Hong Kong Transparency Report is an independent project under Journalism and Media Study Centre of The University of Hong Kong. We report on user data content removal requests in Hong Kong.

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