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Friday, May 18 • 16:00 - 17:00
Another Brick in the Firewall: China’s growing threat to local, regional, and global civil society

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China is the greatest oppressor of civil society in Asia in terms of both scale and scope. We propose to host a session on China’s growing technical capacity and the threats that China poses to civil society actors on a global scale.

This session will discuss China’s use of its technological capacity to monitor and take punitive action against Chinese civil society. In the past few years, China is enhancing its use of digital tools to curtail their freedoms of speech, expression, and assembly, or to punish individuals who exercise these freedoms. This session will spend part of its time addressing this situation within China and efforts of those working to protect these freedoms, both through encryption and other means.

The situation within China’s borders, however, is only part of the picture. This session will also discuss China’s impact on civil society in terms of digital security in neighboring countries, which have begun adopting methods already in common use in China.

This session is scheduled to last 60 minutes. We plan to use 40 minutes for introduction about China's internet control or surveillance tech and policy, and how it exports and effects to neighboring countries in this region, and 20 minutes to open discussion.

Countries/regions aspects:
- Mainland China
- Countries under heavy Chinese influence: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Tibet, etc.
- Other neighboring countries in this region: South East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.

Potential questions:
- Mapping the digital threat inside and outside of China; (current situation of Chinese tightening internet control and civic space to encourage participants to share the status quo of their countries' internet control or surveillance.)
- What tools or techniques are Chinese civil society actors using to protect themselves? What are the effective responses to these threats? (we will start talking about different tactics that helps us continuously survive, thrive and advocate human right inside the great firewall. Also, we would love participants to share their experience with us. )
- How it affect the civil society organizations and individuals?
- How other neighboring countries learn from those policy and technology of citizen monitoring in China?
- What can be done at the regional level to safeguard the work of civil society actors in East and Southeast Asia?

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Min-hsuan Wu

Civic Tech Activist
Min-hsuan Wu (Ttcat) is an activist/campaigner of a number of social movements in Taiwan start from 2004, including the anti-nuclear, environmental, LGBT, Human Rights movement and green politic. He has expertise in creative planning, as well as communication and design programming... Read More →

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Chris Doten

Chief Innovation Officer, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Super interested in global politics and tech - how do you help individuals organize for more democratic societies, and how do you help political institutions keep up with their people as they get swamped by the tech tsunami? Lead for DemTools initiative (https://dem.tools) designed... Read More →
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Nica Dumlao

Digital Rights Coordinator, Engage Media

Friday May 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT