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Wednesday, May 16 • 14:30 - 15:45
Shedding light on Internet Blackouts

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An Internet blackout happens when the connectivity of a particular region or even a whole country is completely disrupted.

This panel will bring together the technical and social perspectives of this phenomenon. We will be explaining how we can gain a technical understanding of how internet blackouts happen, why they happen through a contextual analysis and who are most affected by them. Some of the panelists have first person experience dealing with and responding to internet blackouts, while others are working on developing a technically sound methodology for measuring blackouts when they occur.

We will give an overview of the state of the art and present some of the findings from the past years.

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Maria Xynou

Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
Maria works with the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), a free software project that aims to increase transparency of internet censorship around the world. She manages OONI's partnerships, engaging human rights communities worldwide with censorship measurement research... Read More →

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Arturo Filastò

Project Lead, OONI
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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.

Wednesday May 16, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT