[FoME] Reminder | Shaping a digital future for all: Our voice, our data, our privacy, June 14, GIZ Berlin

Rodde, Isabel GIZ isabel.rodde at giz.de
Mi Jun 6 15:51:24 CEST 2018

Invitation ***Please excuse cross-posting***

Dear ladies and gentlemen,
Dear colleagues and friends,

GIZ cordially invites you to the half-day conference Shaping a digital future for all: Our voice, our data, our privacy
on June 14, 16.00 – 20.00 at GIZ Representation Berlin, Reichpietschufer 20.

You can find further details below and in the attachment. Please register via e-mail to digitalrights at giz.de<mailto:digitalrights at giz.de> until June 7.

Best regards,
Mike Falke, Isabel Rodde
GIZ Governance and Human Rights Section


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Join the debate…
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 journalists and activists. While the Cambridge Analytica scandal has shed light on the massive misuse of personal data in Europe and the United States, the impact of data harvesting in low-income countries with weak data and privacy protection is often ignored.

The half-day conference brings together human rights defenders, development experts, policy-makers and tech managers from Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, 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 the light of shrinking space for civil society? What human rights risks do big data analytics and machine-based decision-making pose for citizens in the Global South? How can development cooperation maximize 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 Representation, Reichpietschufer 20, 10785 Berlin

Contact and registration
Isabel Rodde, digitalrights at giz.de<mailto:digitalrights at giz.de>, Link to the <https://www.giz.de/en/mediacenter/66007.html> event website<https://www.giz.de/en/mediacenter/66007.html>
To register, please send an e-mail until 07.06.2018.





Wolf-Michael Dio, Des. Director Digital Transformation and IT Solutions, GIZ


The global state of human rights online: Trends, challenges, success stories

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka

Moderator: Mike Falke, GIZ


Trolls, takedowns and the spiral of silence: Freedom of expression in the social media

Sabine Frank, Google Germany
Lina Ben Mhenni, Blogger, Tunisia
Lena Rohrbach, Amnesty International
Moderator: Isabel Rodde, GIZ


Coffee Break


Privacy and data protection:
Putting user rights first

Ulf Buermeyer, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte
Nighat Dad, Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan
Constanze Kurz, netzpolitik.org
Semjon Rens, Facebook Germany

Moderator: Geraldine de Bastion, Konnektiv


Interactive presentation
Taking Control of Your Digital Life: The 8-Day Data Detox Kit

Caroline Jane Kent,
Tactical Tech Collective


Artificial intelligence for good: Strategies to open the black box of algo-rithmic decision-making

Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Algorithm Watch
Miguel Luengo-Oroz, UN Global Pulse
Nanjira Sambuli, Web Foundation, Kenya

Moderator: Christian Djefall, Alexander-von-Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


Closing Words

Annette Seidel, Head of Department “Human rights, gender equality, inclusion of persons with disabilities”, BMZ (tbc)



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