Centre for Internet & Society

In Connection with the 2012 Internet Freedom Fellows Program, the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva is pleased to invite Pranesh Prakash to a peer forum at the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Internet Freedom Fellows, diplomats, UN representatives, civil society, technologists and social media experts, Geneva media and other professionals engaged in the intersection of human rights, internet freedom and technology.

This peer forum is part of the Internet Freedom Fellows program, which brings human rights activists from across the globe to Geneva, Washington, and Silicon Valley to meet with fellow activists, U.S. and international government leaders, and members of civil society and the private sector engaged in technology and human rights.

This year’s Internet Freedom Fellows, all human rights activists and active practitioners of digital media, are from Syria, India, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Venezuela and Azerbaijan.

For additional information on the program, please visit Internet Freedom Fellows.


9:00 a.m. Welcome and introduction
David Kennedy / John Horniblow
9:15 - 10:15 Freedom to Connect and Freedom from Fear: The problem of surveillance in a networked world
Rebecca MacKinnon – Co Founder Global Voices Online, Author “Consent of  the Networked”, Boards of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Global Network Initiative
10:15 - 10:45 Developing Networked Voices and Promoting the protection of Human Rights
Andreas Harsono, blogger and human rights activist (Indonesia), and Rosebell Kagumire, multimedia journalist working on peace and conflict issues in the Eastern Africa region (Uganda)  
2011 Internet Freedom Fellows and journalists (via Skype)
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 Moderated Panel Discussion – How Do we Protect Human Rights in a world of global networks? How do the needs of the grassroots, civil society and business inform the process of upholding the UDHR and IHL in networks and technologies?
Dr. Robert Whelan (ICRC), Pranesh Prakash, Salil Trepathi (IHRB), Nicolas Seidler (ISOC), Emin Milli  Moderated Panel Discussion followed by Q &A
12:00 - 13:00 Buffet Luncheon
13:00 - 13:30 The Open Internet - Empowering Digital Humanitarianism
Paul Conneally - Head of Communications for ITU and a former Red Cross delegate (in various positions, locations and with IFRC plus ICRC and the Irish Red Cross).
13:40 - 14:10 Global Network Initiative and the multistakeholder approach ensuring an Open Internet
David Sullivan -Policy and Communications Director
Global Network Initiative
14.15 - 14.40 The Silicon Valley Standard and implications for technology companies in the protection of Human Rights and other freedoms
Brett Solomon -Exec Director Access Now  (via Skype)
15:00 Twiplomacy
Matthias Luefkins  Managing Director, Digital, EMEA– Burson Marstellar
Participation is limited.  Please RSVP by noon on Friday, June 15 to [email protected]. When responding, please indicate whether you will also join us for the luncheon buffet.