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Thursday, May 16

11:30 CEST

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.

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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 →

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.

Dorothy Okello

Board Chair, Uganda Communications Commission

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30 - 12:30 CEST

11:30 CEST

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 Direct sales to local advertisers, once the lifeblood of local news, is becoming outdated in most developing markets.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.

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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.
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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 →
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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 →

Filip Ivanovic

Director of Operations, Vijesti

Alia Ibrahim

Co-founder/CEO, Daraj Media

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30 - 12:30 CEST

11:30 CEST

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.

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Carin Jämtin

Director General,, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
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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
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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

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 CEST
Room C

16:00 CEST

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. 


J. Carlos Lara

Policy Director, Derechos Digitales
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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
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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 →

Gurshabad Grover

Programme Officer, The Centre for Internet and Society, CIS

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

16:00 CEST

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.

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Luis Fernando Garcia

Executive Director, R3D
Executive Director

Abir Ghattas

Information Security Technologist, Human Rights Watch

Ellie Glino

Security Incident Handler Shift Lead for Access Now, Philippines, Access Now

Ei Myat Noe Khin

Digital Security Analyst,, Internet Freedom Festival Fellow, Myanmar

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 CEST
Room C

16:00 CEST

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.


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
Friday, May 17

11:00 CEST

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.  

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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 →
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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.

Clément Voule

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

Renata Avila

Executive Director,, Smart Citizenship Foundation

Friday May 17, 2019 11:00 - 12:15 CEST

11:00 CEST

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? 


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 →

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.

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

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 CEST

11:00 CEST

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

ICT4D researcher and project manager

Carlos Rey-Moreno

Association for Progressive Communications

Karla Velasco

Regional Coordinator, Redes Latin America

Josephine Miliza

Regional Coordinator, Kictanet Africa

Ola Bergström

Head of International Affaairs, Post- och telestyrelsen

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