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Wednesday, December 20 • 12:30 - 13:30
Terrorism: freedom v security? (WS164)

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When: IGF Day 3, Wednesday, 20 December 2017,12.30-13.30.

United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), IGF, Room XII - A.

moderated by
Luca Belli, former agent for the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit and Senior Researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School:

Elinor Buxton, UK goverment
Stephen Turner, Twitter, Global
Niels Lestrade, Dutch Internet Referral Unit and National Police Intelligence Unit Cyberjihad, The Netherlands
Jamila Venturini, Brazilian Network Information Center, Brazil
Estelle Massé, Access Now, Global
Maryant Fernandez Perez, European Digital Rights (EDRi), Europe

82% of Europeans want the European Union to do more to fight terrorism. In December 2015, the European Commission proposed a Directive on combating terrorism, preceded and followed up by several initiatives as part of the EU Security Agenda. Similar experiences are witnessed in other continents -- North America, Africa and Asia in particular.
Experts in the field have warned against the dangers, arbitrariness and abuses of anti-terrorism laws and initiatives aimed at fighting terrorism globally.
  • How can we ensure these proposals achieve real security (not just a false sense of security);
  • ensure innocent people won't be categorised as possible terrorists?;
  • enable the population to keep their privacy; and
  • allow everybody to express themselves freely without fear of sanctions and repression?

This session will address the main challenges, provide examples of best practices around the world and give recommendations on the best way forward. Terrorism is a threat that is increasingly being faced around the world. The solutions to counter terrorism in the online environment are part of our digital present. If we want digital rights to be preserved in times of crisis, this is the time to shape our future. The IGF this year connects the UN Community with stakeholders around the world, building on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR).

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Luca Belli, PhD is Senior Researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, Rio de Janeiro, where he heads the Internet Governance @ FGV project. Luca is also associated researcher at the Centre de Droit Public Comparé of Paris 2 University. Before joining CTS, Luca worked as an agent for the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit, as a consultant for the Internet Society and served as a Network Neutrality Expert for the Council of Europe.

Amongst other publications, Luca has recently authored De la gouvernance à la régulation de l’Internet, edited by Berger-Levrault, Paris, he has co-authored the Net Neutrality Compendium, edited by Springer, and six reports and other official outcomes of UN Internet Governance Forum, amongst which Community connectivity: building the Internet from scratch. Luca’s works have been i.a. published by Springer, Routledge and the Council of Europe, quoted by the Report on Freedom of expression and the Internet of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States and used by the Council of Europe to elaborate the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on Network Neutrality.

Luca’s analyses have been published by a variety of media outlets, including Le Monde, The Hill, O Globo and La Stampa. Luca is the co-chair of the IGF Dynamic Coalitions (DCs) on Community Connectivity, on Platform Responsibility and on Network Neutrality. Lastly, he is co-editor of Medialaws.eu and of the Law, State and Telecommunications Review as well as former Board member of the Alliance for Affordable Internet.

UK Government representative (speaker tbc)

Stephen Turner, Twitter EMEA, Head of Public Policy for Belgium. As Head of Public Policy for Belgium, Stephen manages the company's relations with regulatory bodies, lawmakers, policymakers and civil society organisations. Prior to joining Twitter, Stephen worked with the trade association EDiMA, and as a consultant focusing on tech. Stephen is Canadian born with Italian blood. He is @sturner .

Niels Lestrade
leads the Internet Referral Unit (NL IRU) at the National Police Intelligence Division of the Dutch Police. Previously he worked as Seconded National Expert at Europol’s Internet Referral Unit in the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC). He has gained wide experience in terrorism investigation and intelligence strategy development. Niels graduated with a Master of Criminal Investigation at the Dutch Police Academy (2015), and a LLM degree in International & European Law (2009) at the University of Amsterdam.

Jamila Venturini is a Brazilian journalist and researcher with experience in Internet governance and human rights. She has done research on privacy and data protection – having analyzed the legal frameworks of Brazil and Costa Rica - and participated in the project Terms of Service & Human Rights as a researcher, having published articles on the topic and co-authored the book "Terms of Service and Human Rights: an Analysis of Online Platforms Contracts". In 2014, Jamila coordinated a national research on Open Educational Resources and since then she is an expert consultant for the annual research on ICT and Education developed by CETIC.br.  In 2016, she was a Google Policy Fellow working with Access Now in Costa Rica and now she is a member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) Advisory Team. Jamila holds a degree in Social Communications from the University of São Paulo and is a master candidate at Flacso Argentina.

Estelle Massé is a Senior Policy Analyst at our Brussels office. Her work focuses on Data Protection, Privacy, Surveillance, Net Neutrality and Trade. Prior to joining Access Now, Estelle interned with European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of 31 privacy and civil rights groups across Europe and at the UNESCO in Barcelona. Estelle graduated a Master in European Law from the University of Granada, Spain.

Maryant Fernández Pérez is a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi) and a lawyer admitted to the Madrid Bar association since 2012. Maryant defends human rights and fundamental freedoms online in the European Union. She works on intermediary liability (e-commerce, hate speech, counter-terrorism, child protection), digital trade, network neutrality, transparency and internet governance. Maryant is the author of several publications and speaker at multiple conferences in Europe and around the world.

Prior to joining EDRi in 2014, she gained experience at the law firm CCA-ONTIER, Décathlon, the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, the European Law Moot Court Society and the CEU San Pablo University. Maryant received her education from the CEU San Pablo University, the Université Catholique de Lille, the Instituto de Empresa and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She holds an LLM in Law in a European and Global Context. Maryant is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.


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Maryant Fernandez

Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Maryant is a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi) and a lawyer admitted to the Madrid Bar association. Maryant defends human rights and fundamental freedoms online in the European Union. She works on surveillance and law enforcement, intermediary liability (e-commerce... Read More →

Wednesday December 20, 2017 12:30 - 13:30 CET
Room XII - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)