Sesiones y expositores: América Latina en RightsCon Túnez

Uno de los eventos más importantes para los derechos humanos en la era digital tendrá lugar la próxima semana. RightsCon empezará el 11 de Junio con eventos satélites y la ceremonia de inauguración. Luego del 12 al 14 de Junio tendremos sesiones, reuniones privadas, eventos sociales, y entretenidas conversaciones en los pasillos. Aquí puedes ver más sobre el programa general.

Si aún estás armando tu agenda o quieres ver qué más podría interesarte, te presentamos las sesiones relevantes para nuestra comunidad. Estas son algunas de las sesiones que abordarán temas relacionados a América Latina. De paso, conocerás dónde estarán nuestros compañeros y compañeras para echarles unas porras y acompañarles en su trabajo.


9:00 am – 10:15 am

The State of Internet Shutdowns in 2019 – Andrés Azpúrua

Turn It On and #KeepItOn: Connectivity and Shutdowns 

“The first 6 months of 2019 have been the worst shutdowns so far: Venezuela has systematically been blocking social media platforms for months …”

The big dataset in the sky: challenging geographies of discrimination – Diego Valadares Vasconcelos Neto, María Paz Canales

Intersectionality on the Internet: Diversity and Representation

“An interactive discussion on challenging “geographies of discrimination” that will bring a perspective from the “Global South”


10:30 am – 11:45 am

Making Regulatory Waves: A discussion on the need for collaborative spectrum management policy developmentMaureen Hernandez, Ermanno Pietrosemoli

Turn It On and #KeepItOn: Connectivity and Shutdowns

“… spaces for spectrum management policy development are designed to be limited to the participation of national regulators. As a result, there is little opportunity for other stakeholders…“


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Privacy in Employer-Employee Relationships: The grey areas in workers’ rights to privacy protection and employers’ legitimate interests – Judith Mariscal, Mónica Estrada, Maria Solange Maqueo

Privacy and Surveillance and Individual Security

“Speakers will analyze to the criteria (…)  whether these can be translated to different contexts and local legislation in countries like Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and Perú”

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Getting a Handle on Facial Recognition Tech – Verónica Arroyo, Leandro Ucciferri

Privacy and Surveillance and Individual Security

Facial recognition technology has become one of the most visible and pervasive technologies, increasingly used by private companies and governments alike.



9:00 am – 10:15 am

Decolonising Cyberpolicy: Developing a Cyberpolicy Framework Relevant to the Global South – Judith Mariscal

Lock and Key: Cybersecurity and Encryption

“… a key challenge in the Global South regarding cyberpolicy is creating an inclusive digital society that fosters human rights, network openness, cybersecurity and promotes economic growth.”


10:30 am – 11:45 am

“Smart” Cities in the Global South: Should “smart” people trust them? – Juliana Novaes, Alexandre Barbosa, Lia Hernandez, Caio César de Oliveira, Ana Carolina Rodrigues Dias Silveira

Data Trust and Protection and User Control

“… we will highlight the experience of Brazil and other emerging countries, exploring issues such as access problems, dangers in surveillance, fragile regulation etc.”

Political Ads on Social Networks: Tearing the curtains of opacity – Leandro Ucciferri, Natalia Zuazo, Bruna Santos

Forging Alternative Models for Business and Human Rights

“… each member of the organizations will present (in 10 minutes) …1) Analysis methodology implemented. 2) Obstacles in the investigation of electoral advertising in social networks. 3) Cooperation with the public and private sector…”

Imagine an Internet Free From Hate…It’s Easy If You Try: A strategy workshop on combating gender-based hate speech online – Mariana Valente

Countering Online Harassment and Hate Speech and Violent Extremism

“Opening with two 5-minute lightning talks by IT for Change and InternetLab on their reflections about the contextual manifestations and key challenges of addressing gender-based hate speech online in India and Brazil.”


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Regional Lunch: Latin America

“.Come network with other RightsCon participants! This regional lunch includes all countries in Central and South America, and the Caribbean.”

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Crossing the Border in the Cloud: A Latin American perspective on lawful access laws – María Paz Canales, Luis Fernando Garcia, Katitza Rodriguez

Justice and Jurisdiction and the Rule of Law

“… governments are seeking alternative channels to obtain private data held in foreign countries that go far beyond the traditional judicial-to-judicial cooperation embedded in the “Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties” (MLATs)”

Putting users first! The Responsibility of Tech SMEs in the Global South to Respect Human Rights – Leandro Ucciferri

Forging Alternative Models for Business and Human Rights

“This session aims to address the challenge that many tech SMEs face in implementing the UN Guiding Principles due to a lack of capacity and resources comparable to larger companies.“


3:45pm – 5:00pm

From Brazil to Africa, fighting for human rights and open infrastructures in the global south – Jamila Venturini

The Impact of Technology on the Sustainable Development Goals

“Our session aims at working with Brazilian and African actors on advocacy strategies to protect human rights and lower the cost of Internet access in areas where the Internet remains a luxury.”

Threat Modeling for Activists in Latin America

Privacy and Surveillance and Individual Security

“This session will grab the current political context in Latin America from the perspective of democratic resilience and the situation of activists at risk.”


5:15pm – 6:30pm

Between the Silicon Valley-China Spectrum: Towards a democratic regulation to promote a free and open Internet  – Jamila Venturini, Gustavo Gomez, Juliana Nolasco, Carlos Affonso Souza

Forging Alternative Models for Business and Human Rights

“our goal is to foster and promote the participation mainly of the voices from the Global South, generally excluded from large international fora and from multilateral decision-making spaces.”

Dispatches From the Front Lines of Civil Society’s Pushback Against Closing Space  – Francisca Stuardo, Andrés Azpúrua, Darwin Andino, Alex McAnarney-Lopez

Show and Tell: Skill-building for Advocacy and Campaigning

“… a diverse range of activists from Nicaragua, Honduras, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and Ukraine come together to share their experiences, challenges, and success stories”



10:30 am – 11:45 am

Countering hate, preserving free expression – María Paz Canales, Dennys Antonialli, Mía Barbosa, Marianne Díaz, Iria Puyosa

Countering Online Harassment and Hate Speech and Violent Extremism

“With the data collected in the ongoing election cycle in Latin America we perceive the need to discuss the most effective strategy to drive public attention on the documented manipulations, fostering critical thinking and lessons for the future.”

Network Propaganda in a Comparative Perspective: a South-North dialogue about democracy, privacy and free speech  – Fabro Steibel, Mariana Valente

The Future of Media in the Age of Misinformation

“In different countries, electoral and political processes unveiled a sensitive relationship between social media and democracy, bringing attention to the dynamics of polarization, media mistrust, manipulation, and hateful speech.”

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