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Thursday, May 17 • 16:00 - 17:00
Building resilience: Creative responses to internet censorship + shutdowns

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Access to information is vulnerable to a host of factors, from state censorship to internet shutdowns, to poor infrastructure and natural disasters.

Our session brings together a range of groups working to protect access to information in politically hostile and/or low infrastructure contexts, with the goal of sharing and discussing solutions from several contexts and perspectives. 

We’ll look at technical solutions (mirror sites, distributing pre-filled hard drives, data casting using commercial TV satellites, and P2P content sharing behind firewalls) as well as advocacy strategies and operational models.

The goal of the session is to focus on what we CAN do - and how - rather than what we can’t, sharing tested, practical, creative responses that reflect both the risks and the opportunities on the ground. While there aren’t one-size-fits all solutions, there are relevant and transferrable experiences.

We will:

> map needs and challenges
> share concrete strategies; reduce inefficiency of siloed problem-solving/working in isolation
> bring together a range of stakeholders to demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to this challenge
> make the introductions/connections needed to enable continued conversations post-RightsCon

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Andrew Ford Lyons

Global Technology Hub Manager, Internews
Internews' Global Technology Hub consists of a diverse team of technologists located around the globe and providing direct support in digital security, online publishing and secure platform hosting, censorship circumvention, and supporting local media and CSOs' organisational capacity... Read More →

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Susan Coughtrie

Senior Programme Officer for Europe and Central Asia, Article 19
Since joining ARTICLE 19 in February 2012, Susan has worked on a number of issues related to freedom of expression and right to information across the Eurasia region – including media freedom, safety of journalists, countering hate speech against minorities and restrictions to freedom... Read More →
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Celia Davies

Head of Fundraising, Meydan TV
Meydan TV is a leading source of independent news in Azerbaijan; reaching 10% of the population per week via social media.
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Dmitri Vitaliev

Founder and Director, eQualit.ie
Dmitri is the founder and director of eQualit.ie with fifteen years experience working on digital security and privacy technology with civil society organizations. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognized expert on technology training and organizational... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT