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Friday, September 5 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS225: Online Freedoms and Access to Information Online

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The paradox of the Internet for advancing human rights is well known: it has created new vistas for citizen mobilization and knowledge-sharing, yet also created new means for governments to monitor, censor, and harass. As the Internet has grown, the technical means have gone from obvious methods like blocking sites to more nuanced techniques such as DNS re-routing and use of DPI to monitor or redirect traffic. In some cases these efforts are couched within national legislative frameworks; in others they are ad hoc and sub rosa. More and more they also include political attempts in some countries to “de-legitimize” the Internet and online media as sources of information, and to control the Internet as a discursive space through spamming and trolling, or through direct pressure on private sector media or Internet companies.

Providing the tools for users to share information and protect themselves technically is an important part of preserving online freedoms, but no less important is making the normative argument for their right to use those freedoms. This interactive dialogue will take a multi-stakeholder, comparative approach to discussing the changing environment for online freedoms and how activist, media, technical, and private sector communities can work together. By bringing together various stakeholders from civil society, media, and the private sector, the session aims to spark cross-disciplinary conversations that would encourage participants and audience to think about how the Internet can be preserved as a platform that facilitates participatory democracy.

Moderators
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Burcu S. Bakioglu

Internet Rights & Principles Coalition
Burcu Bakioğlu is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media at Lawrence University. Her areas of interest include digital rights movement and online activism. She has published widely on governance in virtual worlds and is currently working on a book on the topic. Burcu is also a member of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (@netrights) at the UN-IGF.
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Nate Schenkkan

Program Officer, Freedom House
I work on Turkey and Central Asia for Freedom House. I co-authored our February 2014 report on Turkey's media (http://tinyurl.com/FHTurkey) and edited our upcoming report on Turkey's internet governance. I used to be a journalist in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. On Twitter most of the time: @nateschenkkan.

Speakers
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Sami Can

Açık Demokrasi
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Gönenç Gürkaynak

Managing Partner, ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law
Gönenç Gürkaynak is the managing and founding partner of ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law; a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, and is qualified to practice in Istanbul, New York, Brussels, and England and Wales. Prior to establishing ELIG in 2004, Mr. Gürkaynak worked as an attorney at the Istanbul, New York, Brussels and again in Istanbul offices of a global law firm for more than eight... Read More →
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Selin Kaledelen

Attorney at Law
Selin Kaledelen obtained her LL.B. from İstanbul Bilgi University, as well as completing Political Science. Afterwards, she went to pursue her master studies in Lunds Universitet on European Business Law where she wrote her master thesis on "The Internet Service Providers' Liability In case Of Copyright Infringements in Digital Era". She came back to Turkey in 2013 and worked for several law firms while she was giving tutorials in respect of... Read More →
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Anna Karefelt

Programme Manager for ICT and Freedom of Expression at the Unit for Democracy and Human Rights, Swedish International Development Agency
Anna Karefelt is Programme Manager for ICT and Freedom of Expression at the Unit for Democracy and Human Rights at Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency. Her focus is the use of ICT for the freedoms of opinion in contexts with a high degree of repression. Anna has a thorough background in the field of online freedoms with experience across four continents and from working in civil society, academia and Swedish governmental bodies... Read More →
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Karl Kathuria

CEO, Psiphon
Karl is the CEO of Psiphon Inc, Toronto-based providers of circumvention technologies on multiple platforms. He manages business relationships with broadcasters and organizations that Psiphon is working with, as well as looking for new partnership and funding opportunities, and developing the strategies for increasing use of Psiphon in key geographic regions. | | Prior to joining Psiphon, he spent over 10 years at the BBC, managing the... Read More →
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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 sunmaktadır. | | Koç, lisans derecesini Ankara Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi’nden ve yüksek lisans derecesini de Türkiye'deki ilk ve tek "Sosyal... Read More →
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Aslı Tunç

Bilgi University


Friday September 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop Room 09 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 6)

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