Breaking the digital sphere: fighting for protection of online spaces

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Hôtel Novotel Tunis

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With social media platform silencing millions join us for a discussion with activists from around the world to hear how we can fight back.

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Social media platforms wield immense control over the information we see online. With rising pressure from governments; and increasing reliance on algorithms – social media platforms are silencing millions of activists and marginalised groups across the world with content takedowns and account blockings.

We will hear stories from activists and digital experts from Palestine, Kenya, Lebanon and Russia and debate five key questions at the heart of our campaign:

• How content takedown and account deactivation is affecting activism?

• What is the scale of the problem and its impact on free speech?

• What is the role of authorities for content takedown on social media platforms?

• What can be done to improve accountability and transparency online?

• What can the campaign do to amplify voices of those seeking change?

Register now: Following the discussion, we invite you to enjoy soft drinks and hors d'oeuvre with us!

Meet the Activists/Experts!

Sarah Clarke (Moderator) Head of East and Central Asia at ARTICLE19.

Hibo Yussuf Hussein is a human rights advocate whose professional experience ranges from working in Law firms to advocacy organisations. Hibo is a defender of women’s rights and is passionate to end Female Genital Mutilation practice and Early Child Marriage in Somalia and across Africa. She holds an LLB Second Class; Upper Division (Honours) from Moi University and recently obtained a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate from the Kenya School of Law.

Dmitri Bartenev is an Associate Professor of International Law at St Petersburg State University, where he teaches international law and human rights. He also taught comparative constitutional law and medical law. As a practicing attorney, he represented clients in a number of topical cases at the European Court of Human Rights and the UN human rights bodies in anti-discrimination, mental disability, LGBT and freedom of speech cases. Dmitri is also member of the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law.

Alison Carmel Ramer is a digital rights defender, writer, researcher and advocate. She has worked with dozens of local and international organisations including Oxfam and World Vision. In 2018, Alison joined 7amleh - the Arab Center for Social Media as the organisation’s International Relations Manager. For the past ten years, Alison has been defending artists, entrepreneurs, human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the MENA region advocate for their rights utilising digital technologies and the Internet.

Joanna Szymanska: is a Europe and Central Asia Programme Officer at ARTICLE 19. Joanna has experience in Eurasia region; particularly focused on media freedom, countering hate speech against minorities and digital rights. She has an M.A. in Russian studies from University of Gdansk and postgraduate certificate in International law from Warsaw University. Joanna is passionate to promote the right for everyone to speak out and protect the voices of those that are marginalised.

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Hôtel Novotel Tunis

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