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Thursday, May 16
 

07:30

REGISTRATION - Mandatory ID-control Please bring your Passport
To access SIF you need to register at the lower lobby.
There will be Cloak rooms and Luggage rooms available.
Please wear your badge at all times.


Thursday May 16, 2019 07:30 - 08:30
Lobby Area

08:45

Opening Statement - Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden 

Thursday May 16, 2019 08:45 - 09:10
Room A STOCCC

09:10

Mobilizing for a free, open and secure Internet - Carin Jämtin, Director General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Speech by - Carin Jämtin, Director General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 

Speaker
avatar for Carin Jämtin

Carin Jämtin

Director General,, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)


Thursday May 16, 2019 09:10 - 09:30
Room A STOCCC

09:30

Opening Plenary - Shrinking Democratic Space Online
Session in brief: In many contexts, the Internet has provided increased freedom and opportunity for citizens and civil society to communicate, gather and share information, to collaborate and organise, in ways and to an extent, never before seen in history.

However, the online landscape is shifting rapidly, and the space for online, democratic discourse is shrinking.

The threats have evolved over the past decade. The mostly inept responses from government to popular protests in the Arab world a decade ago have given way to the complex mesh of threats that is the Internet 2019: an increasingly securitised space that is becoming the main battleground for power in the 21st century. This development mirrors the offline space, with repressive measures spreading and becoming more diverse. With governments emphasising the security perspective, the role of citizens and civil society in advocating for a principled, rights-based approach to the online sphere is more significant than ever.

We are at a fork in the road. A toxic mix of state and non-state disinformation, hoarding of personal data, information attacks on core democratic functions, increased authoritarianism and surveillance has created real risks for global democratic development. Use of algorithms and commercially driven polarisation are poisoning the public debate. The normative space is also changing, as the (sometimes intentional) insecurity created by some actors has succeeded in increasing the demand for regulation and limiting the online space, also in democratic countries.

The situation is grave and requires coordinated action between all those working for democratic online space, whether in civil society, technology, politics or business. This session seeks to unwrap this complex mesh of issues, nuance how the phenomenon of “shrinking space” is expressed in different contexts and to different actors, and frame discussions for upcoming panels and chart possible ways forward to support a free, open and secure Internet.

Speaker
avatar for Agnes Callamard

Agnes Callamard

Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions, United Nations
Dr. Agnes Callamard is the Director of Global Freedom of Expression & Information @Columbia, an initiative seeking to advance global understanding and global progressive norms on freedom of expression and information. She also works as a Special Adviser to the President of Columbia... Read More →
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Gayatri Khandhadai

Asia policy regional coordinator,, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
avatar for Nathalie Besèr

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 →
avatar for Carin Jämtin

Carin Jämtin

Director General,, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
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Peter Pomerantsev

author and journalist


Thursday May 16, 2019 09:30 - 10:30
Room A STOCCC

10:30

Coffee Break - Networking, Speed Dating (click for more info)
There vill be several activities taking place during this break.

Join the Speed dating 
Meet new people within the community in this interactive speed-dating activity.

Visit the Safety Clinics in the Lobby
Staying safe online is crucial for HRDs. Digital Protection Clinics at SIF provide you a safe space for questions and direct support; to protect you, your organization or partners from digital threats. Support (in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and other languages) is provided ongoing by Access Now, Digital Defenders Partnership, Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective, and can range from implementing safe communication practices, to mobile, laptop or data protection, anonymous internet use, to holistic emergency support and advice or referrals. You find us in the lobby outside the plenary room.

Hang out in the Lounge
Visit the lounge and relax for a while.

Visit the prayer room 
Open to everyone regardless of religion.

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30 - 11:30
Lobby Area

11:30

Access: Leave no one behind
Co-organizer: Alliance for Affordable Internet
Session in brief:  This session aims to explore how the goal of increasing affordable internet access to bring everyone online must be coupled with the responsibility to provide safe and private online spaces for all.

The panel will reflect on how current initiatives towards digital inclusion are leading us to rethink how to harness the power of technology to address the threats of exclusion, especially as these mirror offline marginalization and inequality.

The panel will be challenged to propose responsible actions to improve access for all and discuss what their organisations are doing to embrace our collective responsibility towards universal, affordable and meaningful digital inclusion.

Speaker
avatar for Sonia Jorge

Sonia Jorge

Executive Director, Head of Digital Inclusion, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Web Foundation
Sonia Jorge is Executive Director of A4AI and Head of Web Foundation's Digital Inclusion Program. Sonia manages policy, advocacy, partner and country engagement, and all other work across A4AI and the Web Foundation’s access policy focused programming. An expert in the confluence... Read More →
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Claire Sibthorpe

Head of Connected Women, GSMA
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Nandini Chami

Deputy Director, IT For Change
engaged in policy research and advocacy on issues of platform governance, data justice, gender and digital economy, and cyberviolence.
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Dorothy Okello

Board Chair, Uganda Communications Commission


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30 - 12:30
Room B STOCCC

11:30

Privatized public spaces vs public interest media
Co-organizer: Internews
Session in brief: The future business model for sustainable independent journalism is unclear everywhere in the world.  Advertisers have diverted spending to those online giants that offer massive data-driven consumer targeting. Direct sales to local advertisers, once the lifeblood of local news, is becoming outdated in most developing markets. However, there is some reason for hope. Trials with small, local news outlets serving modest markets have demonstrated that they can optimise their quality online media products to raise revenues. This panel will touch on a broad range of models for funding information sites through consumer and advertising revenue, which could serve as alternatives to grant funding.


Speaker
avatar for Laurent Giacobino

Laurent Giacobino

Director of Paris Office and Freedom of Expression Programme, Internews
Laurent leads the strategy and implementation of the multi-country multi-donor Human Rights / Freedom of Expression programme at Internews.Since January 2019, he's taken the primary managerial responsibility for the operations of the Internews office in Paris, France.
avatar for Jason Lambert

Jason Lambert

Founding Partner - Digital Media, Newsgain
Talk to me about improving the business performance of news media. I can share perspectives on business environments, organisational management and optimisation of audience, content and revenue strategies, with a focus on digital media. I'm also interested in those using analytics... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Cobb

Jennifer Cobb

Executive Director, United for News
United for News is a multi stakeholder coalition of industry, NGOs and policy makers committed to supporting and sustaining reputable media around the world. A joint venture between Internews and the World Economic Forum, we are focused on market based initiatives with the potential... Read More →
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Filip Ivanovic

Director of Operations, Vijesti
AI

Alia Ibrahim

Co-founder/CEO, Daraj Media


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30 - 12:30
Room A STOCCC

11:30

The shifting terrain of gender based violence online
Co-organizer: Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Session in brief: During the last years, concerns about Gender-Based Violence Online have gained wide recognition. The 2018 Human Rights Council Resolution’s inclusion of ‘violence against women and girls in digital contexts’, the updated CEDAW General Recommendation 35’s reference to ‘violence occurring on the internet’, and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women’s latest report are evidence of this. At the same time, the shrinking democratic offline and online space has worsened the situation for women and other communities at risk, and in particular for women human rights defenders. This panel recognises a shifting terrain which requires agilility in reflection and strategies for the future.

Speaker
avatar for Carin Jämtin

Carin Jämtin

Director General,, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
avatar for Esther Espinosa

Esther Espinosa

Las Malcriadas
Her activism began in 2012, using street art as a medium of resistance against gender discrimination and street harassment, to reclaim public spaces for women. Together with other women's rights activists and advocates, they created "Las Malcriadas", a movement of young feminist women... Read More →
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Jac sm Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, APC, APC (Association for Progressive Communications)
Gender, Sexuality, Access, Internet Governance, Ending online gender-based violence, Sexual surveillance and big data, Freedom of expression & gendered hate speech
avatar for Frane Maroevic

Frane Maroevic

Director, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Frane Maroevic is Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media since September 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in the media and international organizations. Mr Maroevic started out as a journalist at the BBC World Service (1992-1999), after which... Read More →
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Åsa Eldén

Moderator
Åsa is a senior consultant and researcher. She holds a PhD in sociology from Uppsala University, was affiliated to Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and has been the Lead/Senior Policy Specialist for Gender Equality at Sida. Her work has a thematic focus on gender equality, gender-based... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30 - 12:30
Room C

12:30

Lunch - Networking and digital security health clinics, Wellness (click for more info)
Lunch Break
There vill be several activities taking place during this break.

13:30 Mindfulness for human rights defenders - while saving the world, learn to take care of yourself
Welcome to enjoy some peace of mind. Learn simple but powerful breathing techniques to relax and find your center. The practice of mindfulness builds resilience to cope with stress and can teaches us to live and work in a more sustainable way. Together with Civil Rights Defenders, yoga instructor Anna Gordh Humlesjö will guide you through a moment of mindfulness – helping you to find calm and focus within the setting of Stockholm Internet Forum and beyond. Between sessions, Anna is also available for one-on-one sessions and organizational consultations. Wellbeing and burnout prevention is key to maintain sustainable organizations, for which mindfulness can be a key element.
Instructor: Anna Gordh Humlesjö, yoga instructor with a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience focused on research on mindfulness and self-compassion.

Visit the Safety Clinics in the Lobby
Staying safe online is crucial for HRDs. Digital Protection Clinics at SIF provide you a safe space for questions and direct support; to protect you, your organization or partners from digital threats. Support (in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and other languages) is provided ongoing by Access Now, Digital Defenders Partnership, Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective, and can range from implementing safe communication practices, to mobile, laptop or data protection, anonymous internet use, to holistic emergency support and advice or referrals. You find us in the lobby outside the plenary room.

Hang out in the Lounge
Visit the lounge and relax for a while.

Visit the prayer room 
Open to everyone regardless of religion.

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30 - 14:00
Lobby Area

13:00

Film screening - A Dark Place
Titel:  A Dark Place
Organiser: The Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

The documentary on the effects of online harassment and abuse of female journalists produced by the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and the International Press Institute.

The online safety of women journalists goes beyond gender equality and press freedom, directly impacting the quality of our democracies and right of society to access a plurality of information.

This simple truth unfolds in the film, A Dark Place, through first-hand experiences shared by those journalists targeted with online violence and experts in the fields of human rights, gender and media freedom.

Speaker
avatar for Frane Maroevic

Frane Maroevic

Director, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Frane Maroevic is Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media since September 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in the media and international organizations. Mr Maroevic started out as a journalist at the BBC World Service (1992-1999), after which... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
Room C

13:00

Meet the Freedom Online Coalition - Upstairs
Meet the Freedom Online Coalition.
An informal lunch gathering on the balcony upstairs.

Speaker
avatar for Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley

Director, UK, Global Partners Digital, GPD


Thursday May 16, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
Lobby Area

14:00

Plenary session - Unpacking Access
With ever more innovative technologies connecting the farthest reaches of the planet, crucial issues remain unresolved. People living in poverty risk not having either resources, physical connectivity nor capacity to take advantage of new technology, being excluded from yet another development leap. For people living in poverty, lower quality of access limits possibilities for participating in and enforcing the internet as a genuinely democratic space.  

The shrinking space online takes many forms, which often have negative consequences on both civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights and development. Online opportunities may be hampered by already existing power dynamics, particularly affecting women and other discriminated groups. The discussion on a rights-based approach to access must, therefore, include both the opportunities and risks presented by increased connectivity.

Previous SIF’s have looked at issues of expanding access (2015) as well as access and power (2017). This year’s session will unpack the concept of access, to look more closely at the drivers and interest behind the expansion and limitations of connectivity. It will attempt to identify practices that might limit the agency of the newly connected and try to devise ways to ensure that increased connectivity empowers individuals, rather than merely create new markets for one-way digital consumption. It will also look at the interface between economic growth and reliable, open connectivity.


Speaker
avatar for Alison Gillwald

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director, Research ICT Africa
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Arancha Gonzalez

Executive Director, ITC
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Ashnah Kalemera

Programmes Officer, CIPESA
avatar for Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira Sambuli

Senior Policy Manager and HLP on Digital Cooperation, World Wide Web Foundation
avatar for Nathalie Besèr

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 →


Thursday May 16, 2019 14:00 - 15:00
Room A STOCCC

15:00

Coffee Break - Networking, Digital security clinics, Wellness (click for more info)
There vill be several activities taking place during this break.

15:30 Mindfulness for human rights defenders - while saving the world, learn to take care of yourself

Welcome to enjoy some peace of mind. Learn simple but powerful breathing techniques to relax and find your center. The practice of mindfulness builds resilience to cope with stress and can teaches us to live and work in a more sustainable way. Together with Civil Rights Defenders, yoga instructor Anna Gordh Humlesjö will guide you through a moment of mindfulness – helping you to find calm and focus within the setting of Stockholm Internet Forum and beyond. Between sessions, Anna is also available for one-on-one sessions and organizational consultations. Wellbeing and burnout prevention is key to maintain sustainable organizations, for which mindfulness can be a key element.
Instructor: Anna Gordh Humlesjö, yoga instructor with a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience focused on research on mindfulness and self-compassion.

Visit the Safety Clinics in the Lobby
Staying safe online is crucial for HRDs. Digital Protection Clinics at SIF provide you a safe space for questions and direct support; to protect you, your organization or partners from digital threats. Support (in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and other languages) is provided ongoing by Access Now, Digital Defenders Partnership, Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective, and can range from implementing safe communication practices, to mobile, laptop or data protection, anonymous internet use, to holistic emergency support and advice or referrals. You find us in the lobby outside the plenary room.

Hang out in the Lounge
Visit the lounge and relax for a while.

Visit the prayer room 
Open to everyone regardless of religion.

Thursday May 16, 2019 15:00 - 16:00
Lobby Area

16:00

Influencing Internet Governance
Co-organizer: ARTICLE 19
Session in brief: This session will explore key internet governance issues, both policy and technical, related to internet freedom and in particular freedom of expression, right to information and privacy. Panelists will clearly lay out how different internet governance bodies are approaching these issues, and the risks and opportunities inherent in this.  In discussing some specific key issues at internet governance fora and standard setting bodies , panelists will also address the opportunities and threats to multistakeholder governance, in particular the inclusion of civil society and public interest voices. 

Speaker
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J. Carlos Lara

Policy Director, Derechos Digitales
avatar for Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley

Director, UK, Global Partners Digital, GPD
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Mallory Knodel

Head of Digital, ARTICLE 19
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Sylvie Coudray

Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
avatar for Grace Githaiga

Grace Githaiga

Director, Kenya, Kictanet
Grace Githaiga is the Co-Convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), a multi-stakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation (www.kictanet.or.ke). She has recently joined the Ushahidi board and also sit on advisory committees of several ICT related organisations. Her areas of interests are in ICT policy research and analysis... Read More →
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Gurshabad Grover

Programme Officer, The Centre for Internet and Society, CIS


Thursday May 16, 2019 16:00 - 17:00
Room B STOCCC

16:00

Online attacks and surveillance
Co-Organiser: Civil Rights Defenders
Session in Brief: The panel on dealing with online attacks and surveillance aims to cover the latest trends in digital warfare against human rights defenders, and to identify the most common threats faced by civil society actors working with online tools and methods. The panel will in addition focus on strategies for human rights defenders in a digital context, for example regarding tools for safe communication online as well as on the existing ecosystem of support.

Speaker
avatar for Luis Fernando Garcia

Luis Fernando Garcia

Executive Director, R3D
Executive Director
AG

Abir Ghattas

Information Security Technologist, Human Rights Watch
EG

Ellie Glino

Security Incident Handler Shift Lead for Access Now, Philippines, Access Now
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Ei Myat Noe Khin

Digital Security Analyst,, Internet Freedom Festival Fellow, Myanmar
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Albert Antwi-Boasiako

National Cyber Security Centre, Ministry of Communications, Ghana
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Marcin de Kaminski

Programme Director HRD at Risk, Civil Rights Defenders


Thursday May 16, 2019 16:00 - 17:00
Room C

16:00

The cost of restrictions, taxes and shutdowns
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.

Speaker
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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 →
avatar for Nathalie Besèr

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 →
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Arancha Gonzalez

Executive Director, ITC
avatar for Seynabou Thiam

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
Room A STOCCC

17:30

After Hours - From Crisis to Response, from Trauma to Recovery
What strategies do we employ and what resources do we need when human rights defenders are
faced with crises designed to overwhelm and demoralize them? In July 2017, a routine workshop
on stress management and information security for human rights defenders turned into a months-long crisis of
imprisonment, interrogations, charges and court battles; and the enduring trauma
and recovery efforts for human rights defenders, their loved ones, and their communities.

Ali tells a story from inside this crisis and its ongoing aftermath. The purpose is to place and portray the human side of such events, its toll on human rights defenders, and what it portends for the immediate and longterm efforts in response and recovery.

Speaker
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Ali Ravi

Strategy and Security Consultant


Thursday May 16, 2019 17:30 - 18:30
Room C

17:30

After hours - Global Launch of the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index!
The Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index evaluates the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their disclosed commitments and policies affecting freedom of expression and privacy.

On May 16th the full results of the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index will be released at SIF19 and livestreamed on the SIF19 and RDR websites. Find out which companies have improved since the 2018 RDR Index —and how. Then join the global conversation about what companies and governments need to do in order to improve the protection of internet users’ human rights around the world.

Speaker
avatar for Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights
Rebecca MacKinnon is a leading advocate for digital freedom of expression and privacy around the world. Author of the award-winning book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012), she is founding Director of the Ranking Digital Rights... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 17:30 - 18:30
Room A STOCCC

19:00

Networking Dinner
Networking Dinner at the Cabaret Restaurant.
Entrance from the street to the right of the Main entrance

Thursday May 16, 2019 19:00 - 22:00
TBA
 
Friday, May 17
 

09:00

Plenary session - Defending the democratic space in a digital era
About the session:
Human rights defenders and pro-democracy actors are increasingly the only counterbalances to a global trend of populist politics, polarised societies, adverse state cyber activities and profit-maximising algorithms.

At the same time, the issues at hand have never been more challenging: challenges to online democratic space now exist across the technological, political, economic and social spectra, while resources remain limited. New duty bearers and influential actors, including in the private sector, must be brought into a rights-based global discourse. Some existing institutions, previously lacking sufficient knowledge and interest in online issues, are starting to wield their influence, but remain disconnected from the many years of rights-based discussion on these issues.

This session will build on previous panels and be forward-looking. It will:
- Discuss priorities, methods and avenues for maximum impact to protect and expand the online democratic space
- Identify solutions, concrete tools, platforms and strategies for improving online democratic space in a dynamic, conflicting and increasingly hostile global political environment;
- It identifies solutions, discuss tensions rights-holders/duty-bearers, and how traditional and new mechanisms are equipped for dealing with online challenges.

Questions that the panel will discuss:
  • What are the counter-strategies? Who is defending the space and how? Best practice, lessons learned and inspiring examples?
  • What does accountability look like in a digital age? Has international, regional and national systems and mechanisms kept pace with the fast development on the internet and the intersection of human rights violations online and offline?
  • How can stakeholders - UN, development cooperation, companies, civil society - work together to increase impact? What roles can these stakeholders play to defend the democratic space?

Speaker
avatar for Alex Walden

Alex Walden

Global Policy Lead for Human Rights & Free Expression, Google
Alex Walden leads Google’s work on free expression and human rights on the international policy team. Her work includes representing Google in the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and in various multilateral fora dealing with controversial content. Alex joined Google from The Raben... Read More →
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Berhan Taye

Campaigner, #KeepItOn Lead, Access Now
Berhan Taye leads Access Now’s #KeepItOn campaign, a global campaign to stop internet shutdowns and censorship with a coalition of more than 150 member organizations from across the world. Before joining Access Now, she was a researcher for the Technology for Social Justice Field... Read More →
avatar for Nathalie Besèr

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 →
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Clément Voule

Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, United Nations
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Kate Gilmore

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights,, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
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Peter Eriksson

Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden


Friday May 17, 2019 09:00 - 10:00
Room A STOCCC

10:00

Coffee Break - Networking, Digital security clinic and Wellness (click for more info)
There vill be several activities taking place during this break.

10:30 Mindfulness for human rights defenders - while saving the world, learn to take care of yourself

Welcome to enjoy some peace of mind. Learn simple but powerful breathing techniques to relax and find your center. The practice of mindfulness builds resilience to cope with stress and can teaches us to live and work in a more sustainable way. Together with Civil Rights Defenders, yoga instructor Anna Gordh Humlesjö will guide you through a moment of mindfulness – helping you to find calm and focus within the setting of Stockholm Internet Forum and beyond. Between sessions, Anna is also available for one-on-one sessions and organizational consultations. Wellbeing and burnout prevention is key to maintain sustainable organizations, for which mindfulness can be a key element.
Instructor: Anna Gordh Humlesjö, yoga instructor with a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience focused on research on mindfulness and self-compassion.

Visit the Safety Clinics in the Lobby
Staying safe online is crucial for HRDs. Digital Protection Clinics at SIF provide you a safe space for questions and direct support; to protect you, your organization or partners from digital threats. Support (in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and other languages) is provided ongoing by Access Now, Digital Defenders Partnership, Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective, and can range from implementing safe communication practices, to mobile, laptop or data protection, anonymous internet use, to holistic emergency support and advice or referrals. You find us in the lobby outside the plenary room.

Hang out in the Lounge
Visit the lounge and relax for a while.

Visit the prayer room 
Open to everyone regardless of religion.

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00 - 11:00
Lobby Area

11:00

Digital Opportunities for Assembly and Association: A preview of the UNSR’s Report to the Human Rights Council
Co-organizer: Mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association; International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL)

Session in Brief: The session will feature a preview of UNSR Clement Voule’s upcoming report to the Human Rights Council, which will address the protection and promotion of the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the digital era.

The report, to be presented at the Human Rights Council at its 41st session, will look at both the opportunities and threats specific to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital era and offer recommendations and practical guidance on how to ensure an enabling digital civic space.

The session will invite civil society actors to discuss the preliminary findings of SR Clement Voule’s report and share strategic ideas on how to move forward and support its implementation.  

Speaker
avatar for Alex Warofka

Alex Warofka

Product Policy Manager, Human Rights and Freedom of Expression, Facebook
Alex Warofka works at the intersection of human rights and technology, with a focus on content regulation, transparency, and the role of social media in conflict. He is currently Product Policy Manager for Human Rights at Facebook, and represents Facebook on the board of the Global... Read More →
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Douglas Rutzen

President and CEO, International Center For Not-For-Profit Law
Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of ICNL, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown law school, and he serves on the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society. Under Doug’s leadership, ICNL... Read More →
avatar for Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontieres
I work at the intersection of Tech, Human Rights, Business.I am a lawyer, and the Executive Director of Internet Without Borders, an organisation defending digital rights, and an open Internet for all.
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Clément Voule

Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, United Nations
RA

Renata Avila

Executive Director,, Smart Citizenship Foundation


Friday May 17, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room B STOCCC

11:00

Freedom of expression in the era of disinformation
Session in brief: The methods to make us believe in untrue stories are increasingly sophisticated. Simultaneously there is an increasing scepticism about whether objective truth exists. How can we distinguish between false and truth in this environment? And how can we increase media literacy and defend freedom of expression in the digital era? 

Speaker
JK

Joanna Kurosz

Programme Specialist, Sida
Russia coordinator and Freedom of Expression representative at Sida's department for Europe and Latin America. Moderates the SIF-session about Disinformation
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Ed Bice

Chief Executive Officer, Medan
Meedan (from the Arabic for town square or gathering place) is a global cabal of journalists and technologists working on open source software designed to _deepen_ (context, annotation, fact-check, verify) and _widen_ (translation) the www. Check is a platform for collaborative... Read More →
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Mark Surman

Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla
The Mozilla Foundation works for keeping the Internet a global public resource that remains open and accessible to all. The foundations supports groups working for key internet issues, conducts advocacy and research.
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Stephanie Hankey

Executive Director of the Tactical Technology Collective (TTC)., Tactical Technology Collective
The TTC is an NGO that has just published a guide about on the use of personal data for political influence and disinformation, covering the work of 300 companies who offer their services to political parties
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Per Enerud

Information and Communication Officer at East Stratcom Task Force, East Stratcom
The East Stratcom Task Force was set up by the EU in 2015 to address Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns. Currently the task force have a database consisting of around 5500 cases on Russian disinformation.


Friday May 17, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room A STOCCC

11:00

Innovative approaches to access
Co-organiser: APC
Session in brief: Affordable access to the internet and telecommunications networks can directly impact democratic participation in online spaces. While connectivity is becoming more pervasive to the point where about half the world has access to the internet, the rate of growth of network infrastructure is slowing in both mobile and internet infrastructure.  There is an opportunity to re-think affordable access by embracing innovations in licensing strategies, Universal Service Funds, affordable access to spectrum, and recognition of the value of new organisational models such as cooperatives, common-pool-resource organisations and other non-profit initiatives which have proven to be viable alternatives to commercial models.  This session will examine some of these alternative and complementary models and how they are already contributing towards opening up spaces for participation for those left behind by the telecoms market.  

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Osama Manzar

Founding Member,, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama Manzar works towards Eradicating Information Poverty in India through Digital Interventions. Enabling people @ the edge of information and empowering unserved communities with access to information using Internet, Broadband and Wireless access through the use of open spectrum... Read More →
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Ramón Roca

Presidente del Patronato, Guifi.net
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Lilian Chamorro

Colnodo
ICT4D researcher and project manager
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Carlos Rey-Moreno

Association for Progressive Communications
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Karla Velasco

Regional Coordinator, Redes Latin America
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Josephine Miliza

Regional Coordinator, Kictanet Africa
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Ola Bergström

Head of International Affaairs, Post- och telestyrelsen


Friday May 17, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room C

12:30

Closing plenary - The way forward
 The closing session of this year's Stockholm Internet Forum will condense two days of discussions and distill a way forward. It will highlight upcoming technologies that present both challenges and opportunities for democratic space (such as the many consequences of ever more advanced AI as well as the widespread adoption of block chain-based solutions).

As new technology proliferates, the onus is on civil rights activists to highlight its impact on privacy, freedom of expression as well as economic, social and cultural rights. Likewise, those still lacking access to to the Internet and other new technologies must be represented in the discussions.

The online world is getting ever more entangled with the offline world. At the same time, complex threats are multiplying. The demand for clear and considered policy advice in solving many of the increasingly acute challenges facing not just the online sphere, but the foundations of democracy itself, will continue to increase.

The panel will, therefore, strive to extract common challenges and strategies, including ways to strengthen linkages between conversations in civil society and the broader global political debate. It will seek to articulate a common purpose and call for a renewed mobilization for a free, open and secure Internet. 

Speaker
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Dorothy Okello

Board Chair, Uganda Communications Commission
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J. Carlos Lara

Policy Director, Derechos Digitales
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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 →
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Walid Al-Saqaf

Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Technology, Södertörn University
Walid Al-Saqaf is a senior lecturer in journalism and media technology at Södertörn University in Stockholm where he specialises in data journalism, Internet and blockchain research.  Within the blockchain domain, he has written about its social impact and is the vice president... Read More →
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Annika Ben David

Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden


Friday May 17, 2019 12:30 - 13:30
Room A STOCCC

13:30

Networking Lunch
Friday May 17, 2019 13:30 - 15:00
Lobby Area