Thursday, September 4 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS146: Anonymity by Design: Protecting While Connecting

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This roundtable is co-sponsored by Internet Rights and Principles Coalition and the Pirate Party of Turkey.

Tying into the theme of “Connecting Continents” and building on the youth panel from IGF2013 – Bali WS 55 “Online Anonymity,” this workshop brings together leading researchers, technologists, human rights defenders, private industry, and government representatives to assess the role of Internet governance in supporting the development of a more secure and enabling online ecosystem.

This roundtable acknowledges anonymous online communication protects the extrinsic good of liberty, political freedom, self-determination, autonomy, dignity, power, and the ability to think and speak without censorship, surveillance, or retribution (Ermert 2009; Hosein 2006; Tavani 2011; La Rue 2011; Article 8: Right to Privacy Online in the IRP Charter). Anonymity is essential for voters, political dissidents, and whistleblowers to communicate without repercussion or retribution; “a safeguard against political oppression” (Hosein, 2006, p. 129). Online anonymity also protects people from violence offline, including vulnerable and marginalized populations.

This roundtable drills down to the specifics of how anonymous communication is being used to uphold human rights, and how mass surveillance undermines them which includes protection from harm, safety from reprisal, freedom of the press, and freedom to engage in democratic participation (see: Human Rights Watch report “Witness:The Price of Mass Surveillance”). Case studies from several countries will be presented, including the IGF host country of Turkey, Ethiopia, Malaysia, and others. The roundtable will also include discussion of anonymity-enabling technologies and emerging projects, in order to envision and push forward a clear role for Internet governance to protect people, while connecting them.

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Internet Rights and Principles Coalition/Amnesty International

The Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRPC) is an open network of individuals and organizations committed to making the Internet work for human rights, based on the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet: Amnesty International is a global movement... Read More →

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Robert Bodle

Co-Chair, Internet Rights and Principles Coalition
Robert Bodle (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is associate professor of communication and new media studies at Mount St. Joseph University and Adjunct Professor of Media and Culture at Miami University. He has published extensively on the ethical and human rights implications... 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 →

Sophie Kwasny

Head of Data Protection, Council of Europe
Sophie Kwasny is the Head of the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe and is responsible for standard-setting (notably the current modernisation exercise of Convention 108) and policy on data protection and privacy, including with regard to new technologies and the Inter... Read More →
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Meryem Marzouki

Academic Researcher, CNRS & UPMC Sorbonne Universités

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Thursday September 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EEST
Workshop Room 09 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 6)

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