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WEBINAR: Digital Responsibility and Resilience
Onsdag 26 Maj 2021, 14:30 - 17:00

Global Focus and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs invite international and national partners to a webinar on digital responsibility and resilience.

 

Digital development and the use of technology are affecting our lives in all aspects, connecting people in an unprecedented manner, and affecting governance structures and relations. There are great opportunities through digitalization to promote and protect human rights and enhance democratic governance.

 

Digital platforms, social media, and e-governance can improve freedom of expression and information, open up new ways of engaging people in political processes and public life, and enhance accountability and transparency in governance processes. Globally new social movements and engagements are flourishing, and especially young people engage in politics and democracy in more ad hoc and informal ways supported by digital platforms.

 

At the same time, digitalization has also caused violations of human rights and is being misused by authoritarian regimes. New technology provides opportunities for enhanced surveillance, suppression, behavioral control, and censorship i.e. through limiting access to information, restricting freedom of expression, spreading of dis- and misinformation, misuse of private data and algorithmic decision-making, and internet shutdowns.

 

This webinar will continue an important conversation between Danish and international civil society, experts, Danish MFA, and other stakeholders on digital challenges and opportunities that are central to development cooperation.

 

Program: 

14.30 – 14.45: Welcome by the Danish Undersecretary for Development Policy, Stephan Schønemann and welcome by the facilitator, Sara Brandt.

 

14.45 – 14.55: Inspirational talk by Dr. Steven Feldstein, Senior Fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, and author of “The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance.”

 

14.55 – 15.25: Panel discussion with Q&A: Amy Taylor, CIVICUS, Eva Grambye, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Mette Thygesen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Steven Feldstein, Carnegie Endowment.

 

15.25 – 16.15: There will be three breakout groups focusing on 1) Digital Resilience facilitated by Digital Defenders Partnership, 2) Digital Mobilisation facilitated by WITNESS and 3) Regulatory Framework - or Digital Accountability facilitated by Access Now.

 

16.15 – 16.30: Short break.

 

16.30 – 16.55: Findings from each group will be presented in plenary, followed by next steps discussion. The groups will have created an online mind map, which captures the key points.

16.55 – 17.00: Closing remarks with focus on next steps

 

 

Registration is needed. Please choose one of the three breakout rooms. The webinar will be on Zoom. A link will be sent to participants aftern registration.

 

In order to help us structure the discussions on the day, we would kindly ask participating organizations to answer thos survey below beforehand:

Survey: Digital Responsibility and Resilience

 

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