San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Hear how Amnesty International is working with people making and using communications technology to defend human rights in conflict zones like Syria, at this free panel discussion followed by Q&A session.
The event starts at 7pm. Licensed bar with refreshments open from 6.30pm.
Using digital tools to protect human rights
Digital platforms have become crucial in communicating during a crisis or conflict zone. Whether broadcasting or interacting, developments in technology have greatly enabled our ability to speak freely and share information with one another. But technology can put people in a crisis at risk, too. Surveillance and monitoring of digital and mobile use and content, harassing through digital channels, and shutting down platforms and curbing free speech have all become tools of human rights abusers in the past decade.
How can anyone trying to protect human rights or documenting abuses in a conflict zone – from activists to lawyers, from journalists to someone on the street recording a video on their phone – make sure that technology works to their advantage, rather than give human rights abusers advantage over them? Hear from some of the people creating and using secure technology to defend human rights on Syria's frontline.
A Syrian engineering and telecommunications expert, Oussama has devoted his engineering and technology skills to support peace-building efforts in Syria over the past three years. He works to develop capacity and understanding of technology and security issues amongst Syrian civil society organisations, especially in the areas of information integrity, digital safety and security, and institutional policy development.
Rory is the CEO and Founder of Security First, a security installation company that trains NGOs and individuals in advanced physical and digital security methods such as counter-surveillance, risk management, secure communications, source protection and preventing insider threats. Rory also helped establish Videre, an organisation enabling human rights defenders to use video tools safely and securely.
Sherif Elsayed-Ali is Amnesty’s deputy director of global issues. His work focuses on technology and human rights, and protecting refugee and migrants’ rights.
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