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Thursday, May 17 • 15:30 - 15:55
Revving up Civil Society Engagement at the ITU: The Road to the 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference

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Human rights online cannot be ensured unless we delve deeper than the content layer to consider the global Internet infrastructure. This infrastructure determines how people create, disseminate, and access information on the Internet—it reflects the very potential of the Internet to function as a robust civic space. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a UN specialized agency that is mandated to develop policies and standards regarding aspects of transnational telecommunication infrastructure; in recent decades, this mandate has expanded to include Internet-related policies and standards. Indeed, the ITU has since turned its focus to issue areas that clearly implicate the rights of Internet users around the world, from the regulation of over-the-top services to IoT security and identification. As its current study period will soon sunset, the objectives and priorities that the ITU sets out for its next study period at the upcoming 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) in November will in turn impact the future of human rights on the Internet.

Effective civil society engagement at PP-18 will be crucial to ensuring that human rights are protected in the course of the ITU’s decision-making as it looks to the next four years. However, there is currently little civil society representation at the ITU, and there remain significant barriers to participation. In response, this fishbowl session will bring together representatives from across civil society that have engaged at the ITU for a dynamic discussion that considers the major human rights-related issues that are expected to become flashpoints at PP-18. By curating perspectives from around the fishbowl, all session participants—speakers and attendees alike—will consider potential civil society strategies for strengthening coordination and participation in the lead-up to PP-18.

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Javier Pallero

Latam Lead, Access Now
Latin America Regional Lead at Access Now. I also coordinate Access Now's work on content moderation and related freedom of expression issues.I also work on: - Net Neutrality ( including zero rating, OTT regulation)- Privacy (surveillance, data protection)- Business and Human Rights... Read More →

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Deborah Brown

Association for Progressive Communications
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Gus Rossi

Global Policy Director, Public Knowledge
At Public Knowledge I focus on global issues, promoting an open internet, and balanced intellectual property policies around the world.Prior to joining Public Knowledge, I worked for Argentina at the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank and helped a Member of the European... Read More →
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Richard Wingfield

Head of Legal, Global Partners Digital
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Rafael Zanatta

Policy Analyst, Idec
Brazilian lawyer and policy analyst at the Brazilian Institute of Consumer Defense in Brazil (Idec). I hold a Master of Science at the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law and a Master of Law and Political Economy at the University of Turin (Italy).I'm part of the Working Group... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 15:30 - 15:55 EDT
Village Main Stage