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RightsCon 2017, Brussels – An Overview

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by sflc_admin    |    April 7, 2017

RightsCon 2017 is over, and we have lots to say about it. The Conference took place over a three day period, i.e. 29-31 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. We would like to thank Access Now for organizing and managing a smoothly conducted conference with over a thousand people in attendance. Mishi Choudhary, Biju K. Nair and Sukarn S. Maini from our team participated in the conference.

We organized a session in collaboration with Mozilla, called Connecting the Unconnected: Innovative Ways to Provide Affordable Access to the Internet. We were panelists in various other sessions, including extensive participation in the entire #KeepItOn Summit on Internet shutdowns, as well as the sessions mentioned below:1

  • Advances in Measuring Internet Shutdowns.
  • Better Ways to Document Internet Shutdowns.
  • Freedom Online Coalition: Multilateral Approaches to Network Disruptions.
  • Intermediary Liability and Beyond: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for Human Rights.
  • Let’s Talk Sex Toy Security – Internet of Things and Liability Issues.
  • Tackling Harmful Speech: What Harms Rights Least?
  • Zero-Rating Done Right? Establishing Principles and Guidelines to Address the Affordability Barrier.

We organized a booth on the first day, where we handed out physical copies of our reports on Online Harassment – A Form of Censorship and India’s Surveillance State. To generate more awareness about India’s digital rights landscape, we also distributed brochures, stickers, t-shirts and maps of Internet shutdowns in India.

Watch out for a post coming soon with details of sessions that we were a part of, and the outcome of those sessions.

1 The full RightsCon 2017 program can be accessed at https://www.rightscon.org/cms/assets/uploads/2017/03/RightsCon-Brussels-2017-Official-Program.pdf

Author: sflc_admin
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SFLC.IN is a donor supported legal services organisation that  brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. SFLC.IN promotes innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world by educating and providing free legal advice and help policy makers make informed and just decisions with the use and adoption of technology. SFLC.IN is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, operating all over India.
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