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ICT – Threat and Opportunity for Human Rights
Datum: 14 november 2014
Tid: 09.00 – 12.00
Plats: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have dramatically changed our world in ways hard to imagine just a few decades ago. In a nearly revolutionary way, new technology has given people greater freedom to speak up and get involved in societal development. However, state regulations and digital security and surveillance bring new challenges to the protection of human rights and processes of democratization worldwide.
We will discuss issues related to access and inclusion as well as the fragility and misuse of technology. How can we assure that the ICTs we promote do not put human rights defenders at risk? Is there a best practice when handling the duality of technologies, including the recent revelations on surveillance matters? How can we best ensure that the internet is free, open and secure? The need to find a good balance between the pros and cons of technology has never been bigger.
Sida is pleased to invite you to a Development Talks that will target the current challenges and plan a future roadmap where constructive collaboration is in the centre of attention. Welcome!
Date: 14 November 2014
Time: 09.00 – 12.00 (registration from 08.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Hörsalen)
Register here by 11 November 2014
The event is free of charge. It will also be possible to follow live on Sida's video portal.
Moderator: Julia Skott
09:00 Welcome and introduction
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General at Sida
09:15 Panel discussion – Human Rights in Focus: using ICT to defend freedom
ICT and human rights are closely connected. However, the relation between actors in the respective fields has not always been productive. Now it is time to find better ways to use the competence of different actors. This session is a way to pinpoint the current challenges of human rights defenders and the telecom sector, and to identify how cross-cutting synergies could best be used in the way forward.
10:45 Coffee break
11:10 Panel discussion – Transparency Reporting: Risks and Possibilities of ICT
Many questions have been raised about the implementation of ICTs in the world’s least free countries. One way for the telecom sector to clarify the uncertainties has been to develop a systematic approach for transparency reporting, aiming to shed light on risks and possibilities of ICT. This session aims to further discuss best practices concerning transparency reporting and its role in technical development.
Participants in the panel discussions are Brett Solomon (Access Now) and Eva Blum-Dumontet (Privacy International) Allon Bar (Ranking Digital Rights), Robert Hårdh (Civil Rights Defenders) Milka Pietikainen (Millicom/Tigo, here representing the Industry Dialogue) among other representatives from civil society, human rights organisations and the telecommunication sector.
For more information, contact Karin Hugsén at Karin.Hugsen@sida.se.