Past Event

Confronting an Authoritarian Internet – Voices from the Frontlines

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
25 Massachusetts Ave NW, #900

From Latin America to Africa to Asia, governments around the world are turning to the internet to scale authoritarianism and deepen repression. We hope you’ll join us as Internews partners from Uganda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Panama, Chile, and Colombia illuminate the impact of these actions and explain the technological and policy solutions they have developed to fight back.

Agenda

1:00pm: Opening remarks by Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO of Internews

1:15pm: Confronting Digital Authoritarianism: A First-Person Account

As the next half of the world comes online, digital authoritarianism is on the rise and an open internet is under attack. The role of China and Russia has been examined extensively, but how is this trend playing out in other environments? In this session we will explore the impact of rising digital authoritarianism in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia, and the technologies that state and non-state actors are using to surveil, censor, and suppress access and speech online.

Moderator: Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for the National Security Program and Chairperson of the Cyber Enforcement Initiative, Third Way

Panelists:

  • Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director at the Software Freedom Law Center and the Founder of SFLC.in., India
  • Maria Paz Canales, Executive Director, Derechos Digitales, Chile
  • Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria
  • Jon Camfield, Director for Technological Strategies, Internews, USA

2:30pm: Coffee

3:00pm: Operationalizing Solutions: Regional Approaches to Promote and Protect an Open Internet

Local and international actors around the globe are fighting to preserve the founding principles of the internet. In this session we’ll explore the specific actions civil society leaders are taking in Africa and Latin America to protect a free net, and dig deep into how foreign assistance programming and philanthropy can best support those efforts.

Moderator: Kat Duffy, Vice President, Global Technology Programs, Internews

Panelists:

  • Carolina Botero, Executive Director, Fundación Karisma, Colombia
  • Ashnah Kalemera, Program Officer, CIPESA, Uganda
  • Emily Miki, Executive Director of Denis Miki Foundation, Cameroon
  • Babette Ngene, Director, Digital Rights Programs, Internews, USA

4:15 – 6:00pm: Reception

Registration is free but space is limited. 

Confronting an Authoritarian Internet – Voices from the Frontlines

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

25 Massachusetts Ave NW, #900
Washington, DC

(map) Registration is free