[bestbits] Activism Behind The Screen: Public Debate 18th May

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Mon May 8 09:37:36 EDT 2017

Dear all

Apologies (again) for the cross-posting. ICANN and technical standards
buffs, and any other GigaNet members in London around 18th May, all
welcome to the third edition of /Defending Human Rights in a Digital
Age. /In this debate, entitled */Activism Behind the Screen/*,
participants consider how human rights activism can impact on internet
design and its day-to-day running. These decisions take place behind the
screen in organizations such as the Internet Corporation of Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF), or
the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3).

Panellists will focus on ICANN for the most part, the US-incorporated
entity that controls the Domain Name System that is a cornerstone of how
the internet works, and people find their way around the web. ICANN has
just completed its transition to a “privatized, multistakeholder"
governance structure. At the same time activists have been developing a
range of human rights agendas from within the organization's various
working groups.

The aim of this debate is to introduce these architects of the internet
to a Goldsmiths audience; to discuss how human rights matter for what
they do.

More information at https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=10764
Videos and articles relating to these events at

I am working on live-streaming. The event will be available later as
video in any case.
Thanks for passing on to your other networks too.

warm regards

Marianne Franklin, PhD
Professor of Global Media and Politics
Convener: Global Media & Transnational Communications Program
Goldsmiths University of London
Department of Media & Communications
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Tel: +44 207 9197072
<m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>
Chair: Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)
Co-Chair: Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (IRPC)

Editor: Human Rights and the Internet Series, openDemocracy

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