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Wednesday, May 16 • 12:00 - 13:15
Combatting Shutdowns with COST: A Data Driven Policy Tool for Internet Freedom

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Internet shutdowns cost globally about $2.4 billion USD and cause untold harm to trade, industry, and communities that rely on the free flow of information for growth and prosperity.

In this session, we will discuss and develop a concrete roadmap for the introduction of economic arguments into the day-to-day campaigning and policy-work using COST, a new data-driven policy tool that will automate the task of economic estimation. Our international panel brings together experts from legal, technology and policy backgrounds and invites active participation from the audience to better understand how a next-generation policy tool can impact internet freedom and digital rights community. How can we make policy work more visible to under-represented communities? How can we build advocacy tools that empower the general public?

Economic arguments have already proven to be a powerful tool to combat shutdowns in contexts where freedom of expression and other fundamental human rights are too often ignored, yet the numbers are difficult to produce hence rarely used when most needed.

COST, the Cost of Shutdown Tool, is a new technology initiative announced at the African Union Commission meeting in Addis Ababa by the Internet Society and NetBlocks.org built within the framework of the #KeepItOn campaign. It seeks to empower journalists, researchers, advocates, policy makers, businesses, and many others with economic arguments that make authorities listen.

Join us in the spirit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Internet Universality and as we find new ways to promote and leverage unrestricted Internet access as a driver of opportunities worldwide.

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Arzu Geybullayeva

Journalist, Azerbaijan Internet Watch
Regional analyst, correspondent, and columnist. Former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) and Central Asia Azerbaijan Fellow at George Washington University. Main areas of interest include human rights, advocacy, press freedom, and more recently... Read More →

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Nighat Dad

Founder and Director, Digital Rights Foundation
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Isik Mater

Director of Research, NetBlocks
Isik Mater is Director of Research at NetBlocks and at Turkey Blocks, and vice president of the Alternative Informatics Association. She is a digital rights activist and commentator on internet censorship, cyber-security and information warfare. Isik contributes to Turkish press agency... Read More →
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Peter Micek

General Counsel, Access Now
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Nicolas Seidler

Senior Policy advisor, The Internet Society
Nicolas Seidler is Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society. He joined the organization in February 2010 and currently leads ISOC’s work on Internet and Human Rights issues. He also engages in key global Internet governance issues and processes. Nicolas works with a broad spectrum... Read More →
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Alp Toker

Executive Director, NetBlocks
Alp is founder of the netblocks.org digital rights initiative and award-winning Turkey Blocks collective, and Sakharov Fellow for Freedom of Thought with the European Parliament. He works on freedom of expression online, digital transparency and policy tooling for internet governance... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT