Citizen Lab Cyber Stewards Network Partner Kemly Camacho of Sulá Batsú will join a forum at Stanford University titled “The Internet in the Trump Era: Prospects for Democratic And Labor Rights In The US And Globally.” The event will be held on February 9, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Room 126, at the Margaret Jacks Hall at Stanford University.
Participants will discuss issues raised this past December in Guadalajara, where the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held. The issues of Internet rights and privacy, and the effects of information technology and the internet were debated and discussed. The election of President Trump has escalated fears of attacks on democratic communication rights while the privatization of the Internet grows. The forum at Stanford, featuring attendees at the recent IGF meeting, will look at the issue of protection of communication rights and privacy. It will also assess how information technology is affecting workers, as well as private sector control of the Internet through projects, such as the Facebook led-partnership Internet.org.
Kemly Camacho will join speakers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, LaborNet, and Stanford University.
Several Cyber Stewards Network Partners have contributed to the 2016 Global Internet Society Watch on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on the Internet, a publication with 46 country reports and other topics. Launched at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Mexico, the publication explores issues in information and communications technology for activists, the socioeconomic empowerment of women with the Internet, and emerging issues such as the use of the internet during natural disasters.
In particular, Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society authored a chapter titled “The digital protection of knowledge: Questions raised by the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library in India,” while Colnodo contributed a country report for Colombia. Claudio Ruiz of Derechos Digitales co-authors a chapter entitled “The impact of free trade agreements for ESCRs on the Internet,” while Valentina Hernández, also of Derechos Digitales, contributed a country report for Chile. Finally, Kelly Camacho of Sulá Batsú authors a country report on Costa Rica.
Cyber Stewards network Partner Asociación por les Derechos Civiles (ADC) hosted a two part workshop. The first session, about Data Protection Systems in Latin America, involved participants sharing concerns regarding the practice of collecting personal data from citizens, which has been carried out by both governments and the private sector. In addition, the regulatory frameworks of the Region and international standards for the protection of personal data were examined. The second session focused on biometrics and surveillance technologies, held in tandem with Privacy International. ADC shared their work on biometrics technologies used at the state level in Argentina, and discussion followed on the different uses of the technology, whether in migration management or by security agencies. Other organizations invited, including Derechos Digitales, shared their strategies for research and advocacy, and identify potential collaboration opportunities.
Donny BU of ICT Watch also co-organized the Indonesia Open Forum in tandem with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session investigated the effect of social media on democracy in Indonesia, and the ways it can be harnessed as a tool for strengthening civil engagement. Participants discussed ways to improve access for underrepresented groups such as youth and women. Read more information on the workshop.
Representatives from the Centre for Internet and Society and CIPESA were also in attendance at the IGF.