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Wednesday, May 16 • 17:15 - 18:15
Gendering Surveillance: From the Point of View of Marginalised Groups

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The session will discuss how people from marginalised groups experience surveillance of multiple kinds, including societal and state-sponsored surveillance, in their daily lives. In the context these oppressed groups, a person
belonging to an LGBTQI+ community experiences monitoring differently than a cisgendered person, and similarly a person who identifies themselves as a woman experiences this surveillance differently than that of their male counterparts. While the comparison on which kind of surveillance is worse than the other can’t be made or justified, it’s important to identify this as a gendered issue - one that the people already living at the brink of oppression encounter in their daily lives, be it at the workplace in the form of CCTV cameras strategically angled, or at public spaces in the form of uncomfortable male gaze, or in an attempt to ‘cleanse’ the society by continuous clampdown on gender minority.

This session aims at bringing together vocal activists from diverse backgrounds and orientations to represent their communities and discuss the many struggles that the people face in their daily routines as a result of this continuous surveillance of many forms.

The conversation will last 60 minutes, and five to six panelists will be speaking for 5-7 minutes each, and whereas the last 10 minutes will be reserved for Q&A session with the audience.

avatar for Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Founder and Director, Digital Rights Foundation

avatar for David Kaye

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. 
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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 →
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Dr. Courtney Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Dr. Courtney Radsch is the Advocacy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As a journalist, author, and freedom of expression advocate, she writes and speaks frequently on the nexus of technology, journalism, and rights. She is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen... Read More →
avatar for Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi is an artist, activist, and technologist with Equality Labs., Equality Labs
Equality Labs

Wednesday May 16, 2018 17:15 - 18:15 EDT