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Thursday, May 17 • 14:30 - 15:45
Digital Human Rights in the Middle East

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Authoritarianism is increasingly influencing the digital space and the way in which the state and actors within countries are able to operate and utilize it. Russia, China and Iran are building their own internets, with language and ideas that are regulated to fit the state’s narrative. In North America, the rise of populism, and the utilization of digital space to disseminate those ideas
have shaped the recent election in the US. And in the Middle East, Arab states which iconically utilized digital spaces in 2010 to demand change, are today becoming failed states.

This panel will bring together experts on digital security, human rights, internet governance, and foreign policy that seek to preserve human rights at the intersection of digital and public spaces.The session will seek to unpack: What is the role of digital human rights in a context of broken rule of law and no political representation? Throughout the session, we hope that speakers will (i) highlight the level of targeted harassment and state sponsored crackdown on free speech via online media (ii) discuss the role which organizations and policy makers can play in securing these rights online (iii) brainstorm recommendations in which rights can still be upheld in this new digital age.

Speakers
avatar for Adel Iskandar

Adel Iskandar

Director, Global Communication MA Program, Simon Fraser University
Adel Iskandar is a professor and Director of the Global Communication MA Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby, Canada. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several works including "Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution" (AUCP/OUP); "Al-Jazeera... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Okail

Nancy Okail

Executive Director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Dr. Nancy Okail is the Executive Director of TIMEP, and has more than 15 years of experience working on issues of democracy, rule of law, security and extremism in the Middle East and North Africa region. She analyzes these issues advocates in favor of human rights through her testimony... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Courtney Radsch

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, researcher, 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... Read More →
avatar for Ramy Raoof

Ramy Raoof

Senior Technologist
Ramy is a technologist and privacy researcher, interacts with a wide spectrum ranging from NGOs, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and artists on the intersection of tech and social causes, mainly on privacy and security, by devoting his skills as a techie and passion for free/open... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 14:30 - 15:45
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