Upcoming event: Civil society in cyber space

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Together with the Permanent Representation of Netherlands to the EU and the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU (under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) is organizing the high-level conference “Civil Society in Cyber Space – Opportunities, Threats and Recommendations for EU’s External Action” in Brussels on 5 September 2017. The main objective of this event is to discuss how the EU and its member states can improve external actions to support civil society in taking advantage of the Internet and counter threats in countries where online space is closing. The keynote speakers are Mariejte Schaake, Member of European Parliament and David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Among the panelists is well-known blogger and journalist Arzu Geybulla, who will speak about civil society in cyber space in Azerbaijan.

Time: 5 September 14:00-16:30 followed by a reception
Venue: Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, Rue Guimard 11/13, Brussels
Live stream of the event:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmvR5HbJDQpQJLDqxInoSZA/live

For updates, follow also: @NLatEU, @EU2017EE, @IPHR

List of Speakers

Opening address:
Lembit Uibo, PSC Ambassador of Estonia

Keynote speakers:
Mariejte Schaake, Member of European Parliament
David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

First mini-panel (45 min):
Arzu Geybulla, blogger and journalist, Azerbaijan/Turkey
Sanne Stevens, Program Officer for Hivos at the Digital Defenders Partnership
Mercedes García Pérez, Head of Division for Human Rights, European External Action Service

Second mini-panel (45 min)
Waqass Goraya, Pakistan
Niels ten Oever, Head of Digital at Article 19
Kees van Baar, Human Rights Ambassador, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moderators:
Tanel Tang, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
Marijn Speth, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU

For more information, see the concept note of the conference.