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Thursday, May 17 • 10:30 - 11:45
Trickle-Down Progress: Messaging Traps in Strategic Campaigning

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This roundtable will ask participants to reflect on why digital rights campaigns often use certain messaging frames more frequently than others in public and political communications, and if there are broader values sacrificed when we do that. For example, is consistently tapping into nationalism, or capitalist notions of "innovation", ultimately more harmful to broader societal progress, or a necessary trade-off to achieve tangible change within digital rights? If it is necessary, how can we mitigate potential collateral damage or hold ourselves accountable to other human rights movements? The intended outcomes of this session are: potential alternatives and more intersectional campaign design, clear-eyed acknowledgement if/where there are no alternatives, and accountability strategies. Speakers will include leading digital rights advocates from Bits of Freedom, Derechos Digitales, Free Press, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Net Blocks, OpenMedia, Public Citizen, Prostasia, Research ICT Africa, and Turkey Blocks. Please Note: To support honest, reflective, and meaningful discussion among participants, this session will be subject to Chatham House Rules. Participants are welcome to follow along and contribute during the session in our collaborative note-taking document, at tinyurl.com/trickledownprogress.

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Cynthia Khoo

Lawyer / LL.M. Candidate, Tekhnos Law / University of Ottawa
Cynthia Khoo is a digital rights lawyer and founder of Tekhnos Law. She represents and advises clients on issues such as net neutrality, freedom of expression, copyright, privacy, Internet regulation, intermediary liability, and digital trade. In September 2018, Cynthia will begin... Read More →

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Ruth Coustick-Deal

Co-host, The Intersection of Things
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Isik Mater

Director of Research, NetBlocks
Isik Mater is Director of Research at NetBlocks and at Turkey Blocks, and vice president of the Alternative Informatics Association. She is a digital rights activist and commentator on internet censorship, cyber-security and information warfare. Isik contributes to Turkish press agency... Read More →
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Carmen Scurato

Free Press
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Alp Toker

Executive Director, NetBlocks
Alp is founder of the netblocks.org digital rights initiative and award-winning Turkey Blocks collective, and Sakharov Fellow for Freedom of Thought with the European Parliament. He works on freedom of expression online, digital transparency and policy tooling for internet governance... Read More →
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Matt Wood

VP of Policy, Free Press

Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT