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Thursday, May 16 • 16:00 - 17:00
The cost of restrictions, taxes and shutdowns

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Co-organiser: ITC, International Trade Centre
Session in brief: The shrinking online space has an economic impact on businesses, especially in the fragile, emerging digital economies. The ability of innovative and ambitious companies to compete on a global market is hampered by digital insecurity and friction in the form of shutdowns or targeted taxes. This session will explore key issues and share first-hand experiences how such costs directly affect businesses and the economy as a whole.


Samia Melhem

Global Lead DD, World Bank
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Alp Toker

Executive Director, NetBlocks
Alp is founder of the netblocks.org digital rights initiative and award-winning Turkey Blocks collective, and Sakharov Fellow for Freedom of Thought with the European Parliament. He works on freedom of expression online, digital transparency and policy tooling for internet governance... Read More →
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Nathalie Besèr

SIF Moderator
I am the main moderator at SIF2019. I work as an adviser to 16 MPs. For many years I was a Middle East Correspondent to the leading Swedish Daily Dagens Nyheter and before that a producer, radio host and journalist at the Swedish Radio. I also used to work at the Swedish news agency... Read More →

Arancha Gonzalez

Executive Director, ITC
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Seynabou Thiam

Founder, Smart Ecosystem for Women
Connecting women Women digital communities Train women for digital skillsDigital to boost women business
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Albert Mucunguzi

Chairman, ICT Association of Uganda
Albert Mucunguzi is the Chairman of the ICT Association of Uganda. He is an enthusiastic technology entrepreneur, with professional experience in information technology, marketing and communication as well as journalism. Over the last eight years, he has managed and executed projected... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 CEST

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