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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Help, We Are Under Attack! - a Peek into the Community of Rapid Responders

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This interactive session is facilitated by a group of Rapid Responders that provide time critical support to at-risk organizations and individuals. A fictitious case will be presented in an interactive form to the audience, where the Rapid Responders will show how each and one of them would contribute to supporting the organization at risk.

The session is hosted by representatives from the Digital Defenders Partnership, Front Line Defenders, Media Legal Defence Initiative, VirtualRoad.org, Access Now and Greenhost.

We want the audience to leave the room with a better understanding of the possible facets of emergency support and which actors that currently are available to provide such support. We will provide a holistic view of the emergency response ecosystem (infrastructure, triage, psycho-social, legal, attribution etc.) .

Whether you are an activist, digital security trainer, company representative, funder, government representative, researcher or non-profit employee, this session will provide you with new resources for emergency response and our joint vision in this area.


Marie Kummerlowe

Project Officer, Hivos
Marie Kummerlowe is Project Officer for the Digital Defenders Partnership Program.


Gillo Cutrupi

Digital Integrity Fellow, Digital Defenders Partnership
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Ester Eriksson

Managing director, Qurium Media Foundation
I am a founding member of Qurium Media Foundation, a digital security service provider to at-risk organizations and individuals in the field of independent journalism and human rights.Speak to me about Secure hosting, circumvention of Internet blocking, digital forensics investigations... Read More →
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Hapee de Groot

Rapid Response, Greenhost
open source, rapid response, websites under attack, development of people and software, ict4d, drupal, linux, ubuntu, geek, opendata, security & greenhost

Padraig Hughes

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative

Pablo Zavala

Program Coordinator, Front Line Defenders
I have worked in Digital Protection and other issues related to Human Rights and technology with activist and defenders for more than 17 years now. I am currently and only for 6 months, managing the Digital Protection Program for Front Line Defenders after which I will continue this... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT