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Friday, May 18 • 17:15 - 18:15
Big Brother is Really Watching: Digital Surveillance & Gender-based Violence

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Rising populism and authoritarianism in different parts of the world have resulted in diminished democratic spaces both offline and online and increased surveillance and gender-based violence among women and gender and sexual minorities. This workshop will focus on digital surveillance and gender-based violence (GBV) and aims to surface the experiences of GBV and online surveillance in the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Egypt, and Canada. The workshop will last from 1.5 to 2 hours and will begin with a trigger presentation from each country representative focusing on a particular thematic issues in relation to GBV and online surveillance including: policy, tools and technology, advocacy and campaign, research, and capacity building.

After the trigger presentations, the participants are expected to divide into small groups based on the above-mentioned themes and develop possible strategies to address GBV and online surveillance in their own countries or contexts. The small-groups will be facilitated by those who provided the trigger presentations. The workshop will end with a report-back to the larger group.

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Naomi Fontanos

Executive Director, Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas
Writer/educator. Internet freedom advocate. Trans, gender and sexuality, human rights, peace and development activist. Feminist.
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Anja Kovacs

Director, Internet Democracy Project
Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi. India, which works towards an Internet that supports freedom of expression, democracy and social justice. Anja’s research currently focuses especially on questions regarding cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 EDT