Shaping a digital future for all: Our voice, our data, our privacy
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The internet offers great opportunities for freedom of expression, participation and transparency. For human rights defenders worldwide it is a lifeline for sharing information and making their voices heard. At the same time, online surveillance, censorship, expressions of hate and data abuse have risen dramatically. In many developing countries, the effects are particularly chilling. The number of internet shutdowns during election campaigns and political protests has 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 drawn attention to the massive misuse of personal data in Europe and the United States, 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, policy-makers and tech managers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kenya, Tunisia, Germany and the United States 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 view of civil society’s increasingly restricted space available for action? What human rights risks do big data analytics and machine-based decision-making pose for citizens in the Global South? How can development cooperation capitalise on the benefits, such as better access to information, health, and education, and address the challenges of algorithms working as biased black boxes?
GIZ representation Berlin
Thursday, June 14. 2018, 4.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m..