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Thursday, May 17 • 10:30 - 11:45
Principles into Practice: Crowdsourcing Advocacy Strategies to Promote Digital Rights

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Over the last year the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has been collaborating with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), as well as collecting input from over 50 global democracy-focused organizations to develop the Democratic Principles for an Open Internet (http://openinternet.global). The Principles outline nine separate areas critical for an open and democratic internet, and contextualizes them through on-the-ground examples, warning signs to look for, and links to related international frameworks and standards.

Documents on their own do nothing. Now that the Principles have been published, how can they - as well as other sets of norms and standards related to internet freedom - realistically assist activists and advocates to push against forces at the local or international level who threaten an open internet? How can we make such norms and standards documents and approaches accessible to those new to the digital rights space? Is their use and promotion actually an effective way to create policy-level change in the internet freedom space?

This conversation session will briefly introduce the Democratic Principles to participants, identify and discuss ways in which such frameworks can be practically applied on the ground, and invite others to share their own experiences with operationalizing or using international norms and standards for advocacy.

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Daniel O'Maley

Senior Digital Governance Specialist, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

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Sarah Moulton

Senior Technology Innovation Analyst, National Democratic Institute
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Maiko Nakagaki

I'm an open internet advocate interested in the intersection of tech, the private sector, and democracy. If you're working on issues of open internet, tech for dem, digital economy, let's talk! More info about our work: https://openinternet.global/

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