The Global Network Initiative will participate in the 2013 Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia. GNI is jointly organizing the following workshop and we and invite you to join the discussion in person or via remote participation:

No. 183, Oppression Online: Rights and Restrictions on the Network
Day 2 (October 23): 16:30-18:00, Room 7, Kintanami 1

The workshop will explore the social and economic impacts of national level ICT legislation and regulation as well as international telecom practices on human rights, particularly freedom of expression and privacy, including the impact of government and private sector practices at the national and international level.

A selection of panelists will present the particular issues at play in their own regional settings, including the nationalization and/or monopolization of telecom regimes, content filtering and takedowns, and communications surveillance. The workshop will particularly examine the differences between emerging and developed country policies, and their impacts upon one another, as well as the role of private sector companies, including the responsibilities of Internet and telecommunications companies under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. After identifying particular problems and challenges, the panel will then explore possible solutions and responses both at the national and international level for addressing such issues.

The workshop will be moderated by GNI Advisor John Kampfner. Panelists include:

  • Zahid Jamil, CSPA
  • Mike Harris, Index on Censorship
  • Lisl Brunner, GNI-Telecommunications Industry Dialogue
  • Claudio Ruiz, Derechos Digitales
  • Donny B.U., ICT Watch
  • Ross Young. Google New Zealand
  • Seth Bouvier, US State Department