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Global Digital Rights Challenges

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This series will examine some of the most pressing challenges impacting the digital rights of users around the globe.

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This event series is co-hosted by the Promise Institute for Human Rights and the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law.

Around the world, repressive governments are seeking new and innovative ways to port censorship to the online space, while private sector tech companies increasingly find themselves responsible for making policy on the counters of global speech. Here at home, digital technologies have also become the latest front for debates on systemic racism, and the potential for new technologies to entrench patterns of discrimination. This series, which features global activists on the frontlines of these debates, will examine the pressing digital rights challenges manifesting around the world.

June 17, 10 am PT

Censorship and State Repression of Online Speech

Speaker: Farieha Aziz, co-founder of Bolo Bhi

Moderator: Michael Karanicolas, Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

Introduction: Jess Peake, Promise Institute for Human Rights

July 1, 12 pm PT

When American Companies Moderate Global Content

Speaker: Marwa Fartafta, MENA Policy Manager, Access Now

Moderator: TBD, Promise Institute for Human Rights

Introduction: Michael Karanicolas, Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

July 15, 10 am PT

Life Interrupted: The Impacts of Internet Shutdowns

Speaker: Tomiwa Ilori, Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria

Moderator: Mark Verstraete, Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

Introduction: Jess Peake, Promise Institute for Human Rights

July 29, 12 pm PT

Misinformation and Synthetic Media

Speaker: Sam Gregory, WITNESS

Moderator: Jess Peake, Promise Institute for Human Rights

Introduction: Michael Karanicolas, Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

August 12, 12 pm PT

Facial Recognition and Entrenching Racial Discrimination

Speakers: Safiya Noble, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, & Tawana Petty, Data for Black Lives

Introduction: Jess Peake, Promise Institute for Human Rights

Conclusion: Michael Karanicolas, Institute for Technology Law and Policy

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The Promise Institute for Human Rights is the center of human rights education, research, and advocacy at UCLA. We empower students with enriching teaching and experiential opportunities in human rights law, engage with diverse frameworks and disciplines to generate new thinking on human rights, and advocate for change in coalition with academics, practitioners, and activists.

Drawing on the unique strengths and resources of UCLA and the creativity and dynamism of the city of Los Angeles, the Promise Institute makes a major contribution to improving the situation of human rights for people at home and around the world, through empowering a new generation of human rights lawyers and leaders, generating new thinking on human rights, and engaging our students and our research to drive real world positive impact.
Our research and advocacy focuses on the intersection of human rights with migration, race and indigeneity, accountability, technology and protection of the environment, issues that resonate with our location in Los Angeles and are reshaping our world.

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A partnership between UCLA School of Law and UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy examines the benefits and risks presented by technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, cybersecurity and digital media and communications.

These and other rapidly evolving technologies raise questions germane to the outcome of ethical and public policy issues, the applicability and utility of current laws and regulations that govern their use.

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