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Friday, September 5 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS225: Online Freedoms and Access to Information Online

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The paradox of the Internet for advancing human rights is well known: it has created new vistas for citizen mobilization and knowledge-sharing, yet also created new means for governments to monitor, censor, and harass. As the Internet has grown, the technical means have gone from obvious methods like blocking sites to more nuanced techniques such as DNS re-routing and use of DPI to monitor or redirect traffic. In some cases these efforts are couched within national legislative frameworks; in others they are ad hoc and sub rosa. More and more they also include political attempts in some countries to “de-legitimize” the Internet and online media as sources of information, and to control the Internet as a discursive space through spamming and trolling, or through direct pressure on private sector media or Internet companies.

Providing the tools for users to share information and protect themselves technically is an important part of preserving online freedoms, but no less important is making the normative argument for their right to use those freedoms. This interactive dialogue will take a multi-stakeholder, comparative approach to discussing the changing environment for online freedoms and how activist, media, technical, and private sector communities can work together. By bringing together various stakeholders from civil society, media, and the private sector, the session aims to spark cross-disciplinary conversations that would encourage participants and audience to think about how the Internet can be preserved as a platform that facilitates participatory democracy.


Burcu S. Bakioglu

Internet Rights & Principles Coalition
Burcu Bakioğlu is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media at Lawrence University. Her areas of interest include digital rights movement and online activism. She has published widely on governance in virtual worlds and is currently working on a book on the topic. Burcu is also... Read More →

Nate Schenkkan

Program Officer, Freedom House
I work on Turkey and Central Asia for Freedom House. I co-authored our February 2014 report on Turkey's media (http://tinyurl.com/FHTurkey) and edited our upcoming report on Turkey's internet governance. I used to be a journalist in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. On Twitter most of the... Read More →


Sami Can

Açık Demokrasi

Gönenç Gürkaynak

Managing Partner, ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law
Gönenç Gürkaynak is the managing and founding partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law; a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, and is qualified to practice in Istanbul, New York, Brussels, and England and Wales. Prior to establishing ELIG in 2004... Read More →
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Selin Kaledelen

Attorney at Law
Selin Kaledelen obtained her LL.B. from İstanbul Bilgi University, as well as completing Political Science. Afterwards, she went to pursue her master studies in Lunds Universitet on European Business Law where she wrote her master thesis on "The Internet Service Providers' Liability... Read More →

Anna Karefelt

Programme Manager for ICT and Freedom of Expression at the Unit for Democracy and Human Rights, Swedish International Development Agency
Anna Karefelt is Programme Manager for ICT and Freedom of Expression at the Unit for Democracy and Human Rights at Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency. Her focus is the use of ICT for the freedoms of opinion in contexts with a high degree of repression. Anna has a thorough... Read More →
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Karl Kathuria

CEO, Psiphon
Karl Kathuria is the CEO of Psiphon Inc. He manages business relationships with broadcasters and organizations that Psiphon is working with, as well as looking for new partnership opportunities, and developing the strategies for increasing use of Psiphon in key geographic regions... Read More →

Serhat Koç

Founding Partner, Guneli & Koc Law Firm
Av. Serhat KOÇ, LL.M. IT Güneli & Koç Hukuk Bürosu Kurucu Ortağı Av. Serhat Koç, kurucusu olduğu Güneli & Koç Hukuk Bürosu bünyesinde çeşitli sektörlerden şirketlere bilgi teknolojileri hukuku ve fikri mülkiyet hukuku alanlarında uzmanlaşmış danışmanlık... Read More →

Aslı Tunç

Bilgi University

Friday September 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am EEST
Workshop Room 09 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 6)

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