Pitch your #SIF14 talk – vote for your favourite #SIF14-talks

The purpose of the #SIF14 Unconference is to increase the interactivity of the conference and make the most of the great body of knowledge and ideas gathered at #SIF14. At the Unconference sessions, all content is provided by the participants. This makes it a democratic and interactive format. Two separate Unconference sessions will be held at the #SIF14 Unconference, each with five parallel talks, which means that you will be able to attend two different sessions.

Pitching your #SIF14 talk – starting today, last day to pitch is 12 May, 12.00 (CET)

#SIF14 participants are able to present and pitch their #SIF14 talk below. It is free for all #SIF14 participants to hold a #SIF14 talk. Each #SIF14 talk is about 60 minutes long and the topic should in some way relate to internet freedom, preferably in a development context. The talk may take the form of a debate, lecture, presentation or fishbowls, panel sessions or any other format you can think of. Remember that interactivity usually makes a session more vibrant and interesting. We provide the venue – you provide the content and discussion.

How it works:
- Describe your pitch with a well-thought-out title and write it in the form below. (Please note, if anyone else has used the same word in their pitch, two buttons appear and, to continue, click the ‘Post a new idea’ button.)
- In the field below, write a few sentences about your SIF14 talk. Describe (maximum 255 characters) the subject of your #SIF14 talk, the format your #SIF14 talk will take and also add a few words about yourself.
- When you are satisfied with your pitch, click the ‘Post idea’ button.
- Now it is up to you to make sure you get as many votes as possible.

Voting for the #SIF14 talks of your choice – last day to vote is 12 May, 12.00 (CET).

#SIF14 participants are able to vote for their favourite SIF14 talks below. Every user has ten votes each to give to the pitches he or she prefers.

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  1. The Balancing Act - How to guarantee privacy in a world where surveillance is a reality?

    In the aftermath of the NSA leaks, the debate about internet-based surveillance is more polarized than ever before. On the one hand, privacy advocates seek support in human rights calling for a halt of government telecommunication mass surveillance. On the other hand, security agencies and police authorities claim their urgent need to use such methods to prevent and resolve crime and to uphold national and international security.

    Despite many legal and technical attempts to find satisfactory solutions, the central question remain unanswered: do we have to settle for either security or privacy, or is it possible to combine privacy with…

    125 votes
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    • Towards a Cyber Panopticon? - How surveillance and censorship affect who we are and what we do

      What is the state of censorship vs. surveillance? Where do they meet and where do they diverge?

      Half a century ago, French philosopher Michel Foucault argued that society was turning into a Panopticon - a model prison based on Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarian idea that prisoners would adapt their behaviour to potentially rather than actually being watched.

      Thus, we depart from the argument that surveillance curtails freedom of expression and should be considered one method of censorship, by enforcing a climate of fear and self-censorship, because once you know or suspect you are being watched, you end up losing your freedom…

      115 votes
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      • Sharing Knowledge & Creating Spaces: How can access to Information & Communication, Technologies promote opportunities for women & girls?

        Women and girls hold the key to reaching more prosperous and developed societies if they can access knowledge, education and healthcare and the tools to innovate within their communities. Technology - in particular, information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as Internet access, social media - can be force and “voice” multipliers for girls and young women, allowing them to communicate more freely, access educational opportunities, and play greater roles in determining their futures.

        ICTs offer the opportunity for women to communicate their needs in their own ways, in real time and on a massive scale. They offer the possibility for…

        97 votes
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        • Provide inputs to UNESCO’s Comprehensive Study on the Internet!

          Roundtable discussion with audience to feed into UNESCO’s newly launched study and multistakeholder consultations on Internet-related issues in the four fields of (i) Access to information and knowledge, (ii) Freedom of expression, (iii) Privacy, and (iv) Ethical dimensions of the information society.

          UNESCO’s 195 member states have requested this study to inform their options for further action on these four Internet issues. The broadest input possible is needed! More info: www.unesco.org/new/internetstudy

          Panellists:
          1. Nighat Dad, Digital Rights Foundation
          2. Stephen Farrell, Trinity College Dublin
          3. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Press Alliance
          4. Jane Duncan, Rhodes University
          5. Yong…

          80 votes
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          • Entrepreneurial Journalism, a renewed hope

            Entrepreneurial journalism is a breath of fresh air in journalistic culture. These companies are transforming the information ecosystem creating a new agenda, promoting critical journalism contents over infotainment and developing projects beyond traditional media groups. This is particularly important when it comes to local information, since local newspapers are disappearing faster and faster.
            In summary, although it is too early to assess the quality or the outcome of these projects, entrepreneurial journalism appears to reinforce freedom of speech and strengthen political journalism in this country.
            Some keywords: digital fluency education, net neutrality, media freedom, news entrepreneurs, journalism, democracy, public sphere.

            87 votes
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            • How to prevent and fight hate speech on the Internet

              Internet is a great opportunity to speak freely, to communicate and to organize people, this is a useful tool for activists of any type. But your and other’s content - text, pictures or video can be also a very dangerous poison which kills.
              What should an internet user or activist know and do about hate crime/speech in order to detect such kind of harmful message and prevent it's spreading?

              37 votes
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              • A Civil Rights Based Internet: From Brazil to the World

                In a bold move, Brazil has given to the world a example - it passed into law the civil framework for the internet called Marco Civil. What are the lessons learned? Can we extract core values and languages from the Marco Civil that should be present in every legislation coming up in the next decade? Is Marco Civil a model to be followed? What is the importance of this mark to the region? What are the "ifs"? Join Brazilian and Latin Americans in this discussion.

                Organizers: Carolina Rossini (Public Knowledge), Laura Tresca (Article 19) and Paz Peña (Derechos Digitales)

                37 votes
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                • On-line political activism in Belarus - the players and the game

                  The Belarus MediaBarCamp, collecting 150 participants each year since 2007, is a vivid meeting place for on line activism. Internet celebrates 20 years in Belarus and the networks are getting wiser and more inovative. Silc (Swedish international Liberal Centre) will introduce the current trends and campaign, and discuss how catalytic work can be organized in support of on-line democracy activism.

                  27 votes
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                  • How Trade Agreements Mess Up with Internet Freedom

                    Time and time again, abusive copyright provisions have been successfully reproduced to multiple trade agreements. These binding instruments are expanding to cover core topics that traditionally were part of the broader internet governance sphere. The impact of these provisions on human rights and Internet are disastrous, but so few are paying attention. Forum shopping and policy laundering are happening at alarming rates as unpopular policies that would likely fail in national public forums are being cycled through non-transparent international negotiations that do not have the same standards of democratic oversight. Clear examples are the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Korea-US trade…

                    26 votes
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                    • Cybermartial law, cyberlibel and cybercrimes: New frontier in fight for freedom

                      The Philippines' Supreme Court recently upheld a so-called Cybercrime Prevention Law which penalizes cyberlibel and gives it a higher, heavier and longer jail term, and raises the penalty for all offenses in law books if the offender used any ICT tool.

                      Dubbed as the country's response to modern crimes, the new law gives a chilling effect to citizens who use ICT for diverse purposes - creative and technological, political and personal.

                      Similar laws have been passed in Asia and are being pushed in more countries, purportedly using as a blueprint the European cybercrime convention to remedy technology-related threats on the…

                      20 votes
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                      • Open Diplomacy Network

                        To promote a digital social network for diplomats, political scientists, and other practitioners of international relations
                        Based on open software, the social network is a place to share information, good practices to promote open diplomacy.
                        Sharing is power in diplomatic community: a place to share ideas, experiences, opportunities

                        15 votes
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                        • The New Internetional System: Digital Diplomacy, International Relations and the Internet

                          Internet and social media are very clearly game-changers in many areas: They have revolutionized how people communicate, engage, talk, learn and connect by creating new virtual realities and networks.

                          They also provide us with new metric and semantic types of data to measure, assess and sometimes manipulate human behavior and emotions, market strategies, political mobilization, social events, education policies and even foreign policies.

                          To better understand this irreversible and unstoppable momentum, researchers have lately been focusing on multiple literacies and pedagogies of the 21st century involving dominant digital skills.

                          New jobs and skills are invented to fill the gap between…

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                          • Germany: A safe haven for whistleblowers but still undermining digital freedom

                            During the last year Berlin has acquired the image of being a safe haven for whistleblowers. It has become the temporary or maybe even permanent home for digital rights activists from different countries who feel more comfortable to live and work in Germany.

                            Germany's digital rights movements probably added to the perception that Germany is a country that values digital freedom and the protection of internet users: a drafted bill to introduce online censorship never came through, data retention had to be stopped after a decision by the constitutional court, ACTA was stopped also due to massive protests in Germany…

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                            • Internet Financial Freedom or Repression? How the Net is going to change the world *again* by routing 'money'

                              Interactive discussion to explore both sides of the cryptographic coin: privacy and policing.

                              After a brief primer on permissionless innovation in web-based payment, this high-level 'thought experiment' aims to explore the poignant privacy and policy issues in a world where routing money on the Net is as easy as sending an email. An ultra-convenient world where your digital money may know more about you than your social network.

                              Nirvana or disaster? You decide.

                              [NB: I'm not even sure if I'll be even able to pitch during the 2nd session 17.00-18.00 as I may be in meetings, but I float this…

                              7 votes
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                              • A paradox, digital divide in some country is a blessing for internet freedom, but for how long would this lasts?

                                Government of some developing country knows well about internet embedded nuisance for their regime but they do not have any strategy to wholly harness it. They would rather react as they are attacked (arab spring in egypt blacked out Internet for a couple of days) or getting means of blocking it altogether when feeling an urgent threat.
                                To prevent them from taking Internet as the villain to catch and to imprison for good, we must inform, teach, explain and design strategy how to deliver a good Internet for everybody and above all show that Internet is also good for the…

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                                • 3 votes
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                                  • FLOSS for Development

                                    How Free and Libre Open Source Software can help developing countries (and also "advanced" countries and economies) improve not only their freedom, privacy and security, but also economic development.

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                                    • Managing the Digital Dilemmas of Personal Data: A New Lens for Strengthening Trust

                                      The one thing that can be clearly stated about the personal data ecosystem is how little we still understand its complexity and competing tensions. This session will share insights from a portfolio of brand new World Economic Forum reports on personal data for advancing a principled, collaborative and balanced personal data ecosystem. Key dimensions to be addressed include: the value of taxonomies based upon data origin and intended usage, the importance of risk-based approaches for addressing the intangible harms of privacy at the individual level, technical and legal innovations required for scalable personal data management systems and the need for…

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                                      • Internet as parallel 'Utopian' Universe

                                        Can the experience of freedom in cyberspace facilitate the exercise of freedoms in real-time physical space? User-defined rules for human interactions in cyberspace replace strict moral and authoritarian guidelines for interactions and this alter-space provides for new experiences of living and being which alter how people conduct themselves in physical space itself. We see how ultra-free websites thrive in restrictive societies representing uncharacteristic freedom of expression, we also see how alter-governance takes root where physical space leadership is wanting! Can the internet provide a space for balance, retrospection and experience of a possible utopia we can model for our 'real'…

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