IGF 2022 Day 4 Networking Session #4 "Speed Dating" for Democracy and Digital Rights Advocates

The following are the outputs of the captioning taken during an IGF intervention. Although it is largely accurate, in some cases it may be incomplete or inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription errors. It is posted as an aid, but should not be treated as an authoritative record.



>> MORGAN FROST:  Hello.  Hi, everyone.  Welcome to the networking session.  We will get started in just a couple of minutes.

     We are going to rearrange the chairs in the room, so we will probably do one line of chairs facing this direction, and then another line of chairs facing this correction.

     Hi, everyone.  We will get started in just about one minute.  If I can just ask the participants in the room to please line up your chair with someone else sitting across from you.  We're about to start the networking session.

     Thank you.

     Hello, everyone, and welcome to the speed dating session for Digital Rights advocates.  My name is Morgan Frost, and I'm a program officer at the center for international private enterprise, or CIPE, and we're delighted that you're here joining us in person, but also thank you to those that are joining online.

     CIPE is working with the National Democratic Institute and the Center for International Media Assistance, and what we call the open Internet for Democracy initiative.  Essentially the vision is to create a multistakeholder approach bringing together Civil Society, Private Sector, and also independent media together to share best practices and the promotion of Internet freedom and underlining that is the essential point that Democratic values should be upheld online, so really this network is about making sure that Democracy is surviving in the digital age.

     So, we're really excited that you're here joining us today.  This is going to be an informal networking session.  In the room we have sort of a speed dating format of networkers.  So, the way that this session will go is, I'm going to ask for the in‑person participants across the aisle from you, you will see someone else.  If you have not yet met yet, please introduce yourself, please describe where you're from, your affiliation, and because this is focused on Digital Rights, we would love to hear from you about what Digital Rights issues that you're working on, if you have programs or projects or resources that you would like the other person to know, and also share contact information.

     So, after the three to four minutes is up, I will let you know, and we'll move at least one row to the next set of people.

     For those of you joining online, thank you so much for being here.  We would kindly ask that you please do the same in the Zoom room.  So, please introduce yourself to your fellow online participants.  Again, state your name, affiliation, Country, and maybe also just talk about what you're working on in this space, and maybe resources or connections that might be helpful for others.

     So, that is really it in a nutshell.  If you are curious to learn more about the open Internet for Democracy initiative, we are at open Internet dot global.

     So, with that, let's go ahead and get started.  I would just ask everyone to please introduce yourselves to the person across the room from you for about three to four minutes, and then we'll move over, and same for the Zoom room.

     Thank you so much.

     [Zoom room participant captioning]

     >> Hi, everyone.  Good morning.

     >> Good morning.  Good afternoon.  Good evening.  Wherever you are.

     >> Shall we do the speed dating as a group rather than one to one?  Or can we create breakout rooms?  No, there are no breakout rooms.

     >> Yeah, it is online just talk as a group most probably.

     >> Yeah, I think we can start by each of us or we can ‑‑ because we are not many people, so I guess we will have only one round.

     I can start, maybe, because I already started.

     So, hi everyone, I'm Marko, coming from North Macedonia, and I am ‑‑ actually I'm working as a system engineer, so that is my primary job, but from 2018 I got in the Internet governance world and was more working in the space of privacy, cybersecurity, and access to Internet, and this year I am also part of the program here, so I would, I don't know, appreciate if we can share some information or emphasis what we are also working, so maybe in the future we can collaborate or do something.

     Currently I'm working on policy paper that is working on the mostly on the southeast Europe where we are doing research how the companies in the Private Sector are using the security measure on their work, because from my Country, we have very low I would say policies for these kind of things, and that's why this ‑‑ this whole how to say regional research is more to see how the whole region is doing and to maybe a little bit raise awareness of this that is serious things, because in the past we had a lot of governmental and public institute how to say hot or some kind of those things, and this is the most recent thing that I'm working on still.  So, yeah, I will pass the floor to someone else to share more information.

     >> Thanks.  I will go ahead.  So, I'm Sapni.  I am from India.  My training, I am a lawyer, and right now I'm a researcher.  For my day job I work as a climate policy manager with social media and ‑‑ called based out of India.  We are doing campaigning regarding net zero related work, but before this job, and from around 2019, I have been involved ‑‑ 

     >> MORGAN FROST:  For those of you in the room, we have about one minute left.

     >> We can ask them to mute themselves, because they are not hearing us.

     >> Yeah.  I think that would be good.  Yeah.

     So, yeah, so I've been working in the Internet Governance related space tech policy space since 2019, and I'm also part of the current cohort of the program, and most recently what I was working on was platform coop vice Um and trying to identify how deeply related regulation pro platform cooperative policy can be established in India.  So, my focus area has been mostly regulation because of my background, I guess.

     That's where I'm coming from.  I pass the mic on to someone else.

     >> Thank you.  Yes, I don't know.  Elena, maybe you can go next. 

     >> Yeah.

     >> Hi.

     >> Sorry, please go ahead.

     >> Good morning.  Good after, and good evening from wherever you are.

     My name is Obioma.  I'm from Nigeria and work with agenda and work for freedom of expression Digital Rights and media freedom.

     Currently I'm the Head of the legal department, and I'm currently to be laws affecting the media in my gear yaw because the environment right now is representative in Nigeria, so we are trying to educate and inform the media sectors of the laws applying to them, and also I'm currently researching on how ‑‑ can use the FY hats in Nigeria, so improve their work, and also I'm currently research on the issue of safety of female journalists online and fiscally.

     Thank you, everyone.

     >> All right.  I'm going to go next.  Hi, he have one.  I am Elena Falomo.  I am – actually, I'm a designer, an artist, and the way I advocate for Digital Rights is to translate the research from experts and from researchers into resources for the general public.

     So, I'm working on a couple of things.  I'm about to publish a card game that doubles down as sort of dictionary of misinformation and disinformation.  Also working with a network of UK‑based Universities around femtech, and we're looking into the lack of privacy and safety for all the people who menstruate and how their privacy and safety is being breached by different technologies that they rely on for period tracking, and lastly, I organize, I'm one of the organizers of the Mossfest this year, and I'm curating the space human behind the machine.  So, we're looking into the hidden labor of AI.  So, I'm actually ‑‑ we have open call for proposals that is still running, so if you're interested in participating, it would be great to also see you there.  So, please reach out.

     >> I'm also one of the ‑‑ I was going to promptly say that at the end of the session, but I'm also one of the ‑‑ for the Mossfest this year, and I'm with the autonomy space.  So, again, call for proposals are open, and we would love to have proposals for either of our spaces or output or all from everybody, if possible, here.  Yeah.

     Sorry for butting in a little.

     >> Can you share, one of you, the link for the proposals, if it's not hard for you in the chat.  Perfect.  Thank you.

     Someone else can go next.

     >> Yeah, I can go.  Hello, my name is Mac Andre Arboleda.  I'm originally from the Philippines, but now I'm a graduate student of media based in Austria.  I'm affiliated with the EP Internet freedom network.  It's based in the University of the Philippines.  It's where I was founding President and I lead the artists for Digital Rights network, which is a network of artists working on tech issues around Southeast Asia.  The projects I worked on are mostly disinformation, critical tech, and really just collaborating with artists to campaign for Internet freedom, Digital Rights, data justice, and right now I'm interested in exploring the rights to disappear and also more planetary ways of viewing data justice, which includes plants and animals.

     Happy to see you all and would love to collaborate with everyone, as well.

     >> Thank you.  Do we have anyone else?  I think Cepren and Jean Paul.  If I'm not wrong.  Are you here?  I think we don't have them.

     Okay.  In the chat.  If you cannot talk, yeah, you can write in the chat.  It is also a good one.

     I don't know what to propose yet, because we are not a group ‑‑

     >> Hello. 

     >> Yeah, you can talk.

     >> Hello.

     >> We can hear you. 

     >> Good morning.  Okay.  Good morning, good evening, good afternoon, everyone.  My name is Jean Paul.  I'm from Burundi. 

     I've been working with some local organization to do some advocacy for net command of the national law on privacy and personal data protection, but we have draft text since 2017, but the law has not been enacted yet, so I would love to collaborate with anyone here to do advocacy work in order to have this law enacted.

     Thank you.  And apologize for my English.  Not very good.

     >> It was perfect.  Thank you.

     We have someone else here, Ashlesh.  Sorry if I pronounce not good.  We are just representing who we are, what is our revelation, what we are working on, so just short introduction.

     Okay.  Setting up the mic.  I would suggest since this is a networking session, maybe we can share our LinkedIn profiles in the chat or Twitter or whatever you are using or more comfortable to share it.  I would share my LinkedIn in the chat so to have like networking session and also here is my Twitter.

     >> MORGAN FROST:  We'll have about one more minute left of this conversation.

     Thank you.

     >> Okay.  Ashlesh, when you are ready with your mic, you can start talking.

     >> Hello.

     >> Hello.

     >> Hi.  So, I'm Ashlesh, I'm joining from in from India.  I work with Internet freedom foundation.  It's a Digital Rights advocacy group in India, and I represent ‑‑ ambassadors at this IGF.  Thank you.

     >> Thank you.  We have Alfredo.

     >> Hi, my name is Alfredo Velazco.  I'm from Ecuador.  I work at the NGO name Usuarios Digitales.  We work for Digital Rights, and we work to observation the elections in the digital territory, because the observation at elections, it's only at the physical territory, but when there ‑‑ public the results of election, maybe at Latin America observe attacks and something like that, and they observe haters.  The Country is not ‑‑ a warning like that, that attacks of the web, something like that.

     Thank you.

     >> Okay.  Thank you, Alfredo.

     And I would say if nobody else wants anything else to share, to wait till the next further instruction from the session.

     So, they write me because the session is still 40 minutes, something more, but in the room, there are a lot of more people that we are online.  If some ‑‑ because everyone from here was introduced, how to say, a few minutes to say, if you have any other things, you are free to depart from the meeting or something like that.  I know that for Zoom it's not the same as in the person, but there are more people there, so they will need more time to finish the session.  But the whole session is this kind of concept to meet people and just network and introduce.

     If someone wants to share something else, feel free here to share it, but otherwise if someone doesn't have, they can depart and go to another session or something like that.  Just to let you know to not be waiting in time for nothing.

     >> Yeah, just wanted to ask if it's possible to have a breakout room here, because like, I am really interested in what Elana shared.  I think you also sort of engaged with, with like, artists or more, like art works in terms of your Digital Rights work.  Maybe you could share more about that here in this space of, I can Lou, 12 people.

     >> Well, putting me on the spot.  No, I'm joking.

     Yeah.  No, you're right, in that sense, actually Ashlesh, too, can maybe jump in the conversation, because we're working together on one of the artworks we're creating.

     So, yeah, I tried to translate research in sites from experts and I try to do that in a sort of participatory code designed way.

     I tried to create not so much artistic outputs, but more on the explanatory and creative spectrum, whether it's visualization, system maps, all of this graphic material, and of course text.

     So, it's a bit of a mix of things.

     How about yourself?  Tell me more about the network you were mentioning.

     >> Yeah.  So, it was mostly out of a disinformation project, just really that I wanted to create this opportunity for artists, also to learn more about Digital Rights, particularly disinformation, because it's such present problem, especially in Southeast Asia where a lot of people are online and pretty much using social media, especially the Philippines.  And so, I even today I'm still very much interested in really trying to make artists think more about Digital Rights or problems with the Internet, because I feel like they're also ‑‑ they also have the most capacity to create sort of new systems, because, you know, it's hard just limiting yourself to policy sometimes and education sometimes we need to creatively produce new things.

     I was wondering if you were based in Berlin?  I just saw your website right now.  Are you in London? 

     >> Right now, currently I just relocated to Italy.  I relocated back to my home Country, and yeah.  But I'm traveling around Europe quite a bit.

     Are you in Europe or ‑‑

     >> Yes.  So, I'm based in Austria right now, but I will be visiting Berlin next week for another summit, or conference.  Yeah.  And I would really want to share the space to everyone else, because I don't want to speak just the two of us.

     >> Does anyone want to present any interesting work that they are looking for precise specific operations?  I don't know.  Any idea or any upcoming projects that you would like to work on? 

     >> If there is stuff that you worked on, I think Ashlesh I met Ashlesh and come across what personally has been ‑‑ but if there is stuff that you can share with us which we can, of course, furthering in terms of making all these more accessible to people, I think all of us would be happy to do that, so please do share your work, if that's there, online presence, however it is.  Obviously common licenses, and we can use that, that would be super useful, I'm sure, to a lot of people.

     >> Yeah, so our current project, it's through the Internet Society, actually, that's how we are connected.  We're both youth ambassadors, and we are creating a B street of cybercrime.  So, we're looking at different instances of cybercrime and narrating them in the shape of bees, but the idea is also to give advice to the audience on how to also react to different instances and different cybercrimes.  So, that's our project, and we're looking into co‑creating some of these stories with anyone who is interested in collaborating.  So, if you would like to contribute, I'm sure I'll reach out to share the call for proposals for sure.

     >> Thank you, Elena.  I don't mind if you show the call for proposal with me, and I would like to contribute.

     >> Absolutely.

     >> Thank you.

     >> I'll do that.  Yeah.  Thank you.

     >> I think I will take the opportunity to join another session on AI and education.  So, I hope I'll see you all soon in the cyber world or real life.

     I hope you have a good day, good evening, good night, wherever you are.  Bye‑bye.

     >> Chow.

     >> Chow.

     >> Bye‑bye.  See you.

     >> Bye, everyone.  Thank you.