Shaping a digital future for all: Our voice, our data, our privacy

The internet offers great opportunities for freedom of expression, participation and transparency. For human rights defenders worldwide it is a lifeline to share information and make their voices heard. At the same time, online-surveillance, censorship, hate speech and data abuse have risen dramatically. In many developing countries, the effects are particularly chilling. Internet shutdowns during election campaigns and political protests have increased significantly. Digital surveillance, often in the name of national security, has become a constant threat for many reporters and activists. While the Cambridge Analytica scandal has shed light on the massive misuse of personal data in Europe and the US, the impact of data harvesting in low-income countries lacking data protection laws and privacy safeguards is often ignored. 

The conference brings together human rights defenders, development experts, politicians and tech managers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kenya, Tunisia, Germany and the US to discuss promising approaches and challenges for inclusive digital societies: How can the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy be protected in the light of shrinking space for civil society? What are the human rights risks of big data analytics and algorithmic decision-making for citizens in the Global South? How can development cooperation maximize the benefits such as better access to information, health and education and address the challenges of algorithms working as biased black boxes?

14.06.2018; 16.00 – 20.00

GIZ-Repräsentanz, Reichpietschufer 20, 10785 Berlin