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Friday, May 18 • 14:30 - 15:45
The Internet Giants: concentration in the Internet layers and its impacts to freedom of expression and other human rights

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Platforms, like Google and Facebook, have been increasingly concentrating significant market power. Their dominance impacts on economic, cultural, social and political issues, and mainly affects the exercise of freedom of expression and other human rights. The session will discuss and analyze how concentration in the platforms layer impacts these rights, how it may affect pluralism and diversity, and concrete action to tackle the negative effects of concentration on freedom of expression. 

Unfortunately, the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Edison Lanza had to do a last-time mission to evaluate the situation of FoE in Nicaragua. He then won’t be able to make it to Rightscon, and apologize for that. We then did a last minute invitation to Richard Wingfield, Legal Officer at Global Partners Digital, who kindly accepted, and will join us for this session.

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Ana Bizberge

Content Editor, OBSERVACOM

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João Brant

Research Associate, OBSERVACOM
João Brant is an independent researcher on communications regulation and policy and cultural policy. Brant was Executive-Secretary (vice-minister) at the Ministry of Culture in Brazil from 2015 to 2016 and special advisor in the Municipal Secretary of Culture in São Paulo in 2013... Read More →
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María Paz Canales

Executive Director, Derechos Digitales
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coordinator, Intervozes
Marina Pita is a Brazilian journalist and researcher that works with advocacy for digital rights. Pita is one of the directors of Cryptorave a major annual open event about privacy that is held in São Paulo.
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Richard Wingfield

Head of Legal, Global Partners Digital

Friday May 18, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT