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Wednesday, September 3 • 10:15am - 11:15am
WS193: The Press Freedom Dimensions of Internet Governance

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Revelations about surveillance and mass data collection over the past year have underscored the fact that the practice of journalism, and the circulation of information more broadly, is inseparable from key dimensions of Internet governance, from the infrastructure backbone to transmission dynamics to encryption. The past year’s headlines have made it clear that both policy changes and technological efforts are necessary to address the protection of communication and information exchange amid aggressive government surveillance and private sector complicity and ensure that all actors respect the rule of law, privacy and free expression.
As “canaries in the data mine,” journalists represent one of the most vulnerable — and engaged — groups of Internet users. What happens to journalists and journalism will likely foreshadow other, broader developments. Yet to what extent do different stakeholder groups understand the critical importance that their input to Internet governance plays in sustaining an environment in which press freedom and freedom of expression more broadly is possible?

The non-governmental organization Committee to Protect Journalists proposes a roundtable workshop to explore various stakeholders’ role in resisting mass surveillance, particularly of journalists and media, and how Internet governance choices may impact on press freedom. The interactive roundtable will seek to produce an initial list of ideas about the roles of technology companies, government, academia, journalists and news organizations in protecting source confidentiality and otherwise ensuring the free flow of information from the press to the global public.

The roundtable will help inform internal policy choices at companies, in government, in newsrooms and in the field, and will seek to foster a discussion that is relevant to all at-risk Internet users.

Agenda:
Introduction to the roundtable and the questions at hand (Dr. Radsch, 5 minutes)
5 minute overview of UNESCO's conceptualization of the press freedom dimensions of Internet governance (Dr. Berger)
2 minute comments from participants on what they think are the two most important or consequential press freedom dimensions of Internet governance:
Ms. Ben Hassine
Mr. Less
Dr. Lemos
Ms. Geybulla

Input from remote participants

Synthesize commonalities, identify tensions

Open to audience (including remote participants) for additional dimensions and Q&A

Answer questions and discuss the additional suggestions with a view towards identifying the most important/consequential press freedom dimensions of Internet governance

Moderators
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Courtney Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Dr. Courtney Radsch, USA, is the Advocacy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As a journalist, researcher, and freedom of expression advocate, she writes and speaks frequently on the nexus of technology, journalism, and rights. She is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change. She has led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries, U.N. bodies, and the... Read More →

Speakers
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Guy Berger

Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
I am director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. Oversee UNESCO's report "World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development", and taking forward UNESCO Member States' agreement to the concept of Internet Universality, and options for Internet action on access to information & knowledge online; freedom of expression; privacy; and ethical dimensions of the Information Society... Read More →
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Wafa Ben Hassine

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Wafa Ben Hassine is an Open Technology Fund Fellow working with EFF's international team to research counterterrorism and cybercrime legislation in select Arab countries — Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia — and how they are used to target human rights defenders and stifle the free expression of regular end users.
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Geoffrey King

Technology Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Geoffrey King joined CPJ in 2013 to coordinate the organization's Internet and technology policy efforts. Based in San Francisco, he protects the rights of journalists through advocacy, public education, and engagement with policymakers worldwide. | | Prior to joining CPJ, King, an attorney by training, represented U.S.-based individuals in constitutional matters involving the freedoms of speech, press, and petition. He is also a documentary... Read More →

Remote Moderators
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Geoffrey King

Technology Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Geoffrey King joined CPJ in 2013 to coordinate the organization's Internet and technology policy efforts. Based in San Francisco, he protects the rights of journalists through advocacy, public education, and engagement with policymakers worldwide. | | Prior to joining CPJ, King, an attorney by training, represented U.S.-based individuals in constitutional matters involving the freedoms of speech, press, and petition. He is also a documentary... Read More →


Wednesday September 3, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Workshop Room 10 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 7 + 8)