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Thursday, May 17 • 14:30 - 15:45
Access No_! Voices from the Front Line

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Some internet freedom fighters cannot access the Access Now conference, because they cannot travel due to war. The Access No_! session features nine front line digital safety activists from Syria, who are under siege, trapped in conflict cantons, or persecuted by permits. Through short video blogs, these excluded digital/social activists tell us why internet access matters so much in the midst of war, and the special ICT challenges they face, from inaccessible legal software through to Facebook prison. We hope to stimulate constructive engagement on how the broader internet freedom community can do more to help.

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Deirdre Collings

Executive Director, The SecDev Foundation
Deirdre Collings is the co-Founder and Executive Director of The SecDev Foundation, which works globally to promote digital opportunity, safety and citizenship in conflict and fragile contexts. She is a specialist in conflict and development, identity-based politics and digital change... Read More →

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Oussama Jarrousse

Oussama cares deeply about democracy, civil society and human rights. Holding a graduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Damascus U) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Oussama has for the past six years devoted most of his engineering... Read More →

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